Recently I have watched a variety of X-Men movies, including X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men First Class. In X-Men First Class the story at the end of the movie indicates that Charles Xavier loses his ability to walk after a shot fired at Magneto hits him in his lower back.

However, at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine Charles Xavier is seen walking towards those who escaped.

Obviously, in both instances this is probably just artistic license changing the story. According to X-Men canon, how does Professor Xavier actually get paralysed?

  • movies.stackexchange.com/a/2608/1405 The last line explains that First Class has a lot of continuity errors. Jan 16, 2013 at 13:33
  • And in x-men the last stand, Prof. X is walking at the beginning, even though his age in the scene would suggest he should already be paralyzed.
    – user8367
    Mar 5, 2014 at 1:08
  • The X-men movies in particular are notorious for terrible continuity. io9.com/5966264/… Hopefully they'll somehow manage an actual explanation in Days of Future Past.
    – vastra360
    Mar 5, 2014 at 20:20
  • While he was in the Himalayas, Lucifer drops a stone on his legs and it cripples him, but a lady named sage hears him through telepathy and rescues him
    – user31252
    Feb 16, 2016 at 17:01
  • I'm not sure if this is really that on-topic for this site in the first place, seeing how you are just asking about comic continuity completely independent of any (apparently contradicting) depictions in the movies, which you only use as an inspiration for the question rather than their subject. You might want to point out the connection and relevance of the question to the movies a little more.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 16, 2016 at 17:45

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X-Men (1st series) # 20: (May 1966)


Years ago, Xavier discovered a city in Tibet being under some sort of alien mind-control.

The professor managed to inspire a rebellion against Lucifer, and the alien was forced to abandon his base, however not before causing a block of concrete to fall and crush Xavier’s legs.

  • Some good info Oliver...another prime example of how the Hollywood folks tend to screw up the real story started from comics...although they are sometimes well done, they aren't correct.
    – BB Stacker
    Jan 2, 2013 at 18:47
  • It got more screwed up now :/
    – ABcDexter
    Jun 1, 2016 at 9:36

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