Professor X’s Floating Wheelchair Is Real


Or at least it was real in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Patrick Stewart, who played Professor X in the scenes set in the future, mentioned during his recent Reddit AMA that when it came to his favorite costumes or props from his distinguished acting career, his floating wheelchair from that film was right up there — because it worked.

"Great costumes in every film, but I loved my superhero costume and my flying chair in Days of Future Past. The chair actually levitated, but only a few inches."

Um, I don’t think I’m alone here in saying that whether it was a few inches or three feet … holy crap!

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Stewart started with just a normal wheelchair in the original X-Men movies, just as Professor Charles Xavier did initially in the comics. As Comic Book Resources points out, it wasn’t until the historic X-Men #1 in 1991 that the Professor got his floating yellow chair, and if you’re an X-Men fan of a certain age, you definitely picture him that way in your mind’s eye.

CBR also suspects we might see the levitating chair again. That’s because Stewart has all but said he’ll be in the third Wolverine solo film, and since that movie is heavily rumored to be based on the alternate future “Old Man Logan” arc from the comics, it stands to reason the tech needed to keep Professor X off the ground will still be in full effect.

Regardless, we have to echo some of the Reddit commenters and tip our hats to the special effects folks on Days of Future Past for that pretty amazing practical effect. Green screen, eat your heart out!

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