Since the year 2000, hearing the name Professor X has drawn up images of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a wheel chair for people all around America. We see him as the very powerful, yet humble, old, and balding leader of the X-Men. But as X-Men First Class showed us, he wasn't always this way.
In fact, the comics that trace Professor X's origins reveal he was a slightly different man in his youth who hadn't yet received the hard lessons of life. In his younger years, the chairless Charles Xavier was rich, intelligent, and even a gifted athlete. With his psychic abilities that allowed him to read minds, see glimpses of the future, and even control other people altogether, Charles explored the world. He was an adventurer seeking fame, fortune, power, and even love.
One day, a battle of biblical proportions with an alien who was bent on destroying the world and appropriately named Lucifer left Charles a changed man. An injured spine paralyzed him from the waist down and stuck him in the wheel chair he would become known for. The powerful Charles Xavier had been humbled and seen just how short this life might be. He decided to make his life count and spent the rest of his time on earth forging a legacy he could be proud of. He founded Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and formed a team of X-Men with the goal of seeing man and mutant live at peace.
It's interesting how life experiences that knock us down can lead us to realize what really matters and guide us to make the most important decisions of our lives. Joseph from the Bible was a young man very much like our mutant friend Charles. He has a privileged childhood, a talent to see the future, and it takes some rough experiences to lead him to his calling in life. Here's his story.