Iron Man and Professor X don’t usually cross paths in comics, but at a time when the Avengers and X-Men were at odds, he voiced his opinion.

The Avengers and X-Men once battled it out in a superhero battle of the ages, with Iron Man and Professor X exchanged more than a few strained words during the conflict, the former of which inadvertently revealed his personal – and incredibly insulting – opinion of the man who built Marvel’s premiere mutant team!

Characters who have been staples of the Marvel Universe for decades, Tony Stark aka Iron Man and Charles Xavier aka Professor X are iconic heroes who have little in common except their superior intellect, leadership skills, and sometimes a penchant for to make questionable decisions for the benefit of the world. And while they’ve had their ups and downs in the past, it can’t be denied that Tony and Xavier have also done some really good things together, despite their personal issues with each other.


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Pitted against each other in 2012’s epic event titled Avengers vs. X-Men, written and drawn by a rotating cast of talented creators, this series saw the Phoenix Force return to Earth only to be split into five separate fragments thanks to some unintended help from Iron Man’s latest technology. Infecting five mutants – Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, Colossus and Magik – Iron Man and Professor X are forced into a confrontation where Tony finally lets go of how he really feels about Charles Xavier and his mutant students.

What Iron Man really thinks of Professor X

Iron Man thinks Professor X is screwing up his students

Calling a secret meeting to hopefully defuse the escalating situation between the X-Men, Avengers and the mutants now known as the “Phoenix Five”, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Professor X and finally Namor, try to find common ground between opposing forces, but are not exactly successful in their efforts. Iron Man immediately gives Xavier the business and asks him, “What did you do to those kids?” follows it up by saying, “All I know is – they go to your school and they all go crazy.” Outraged by the insinuation that his students are essentially being called out as extremists, even after Tony tries to play it off as a joke, Xavier says, “I can read your mind. You think this is partly mine blame,” directly confirming that since the Phoenix Five is made up mostly of X-Men, Iron Man believes that Professor X and his school are to blame for their current actions.

And while it’s true that this was a time of high tension between these men with things said and done on both sides that they (mostly) have come to regret, the fact is that Iron Man secretly believes that the Xavier Institute is royally screwing its students while holding Professor X is personally responsible for AvX conflict is as insulting as it is partially true. Fortunately, Iron Man and Professor X has long since buried the hatchet, but it’s probably still best that these two Marvel icons stay in separate corners of New York City for now.

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