Professor Charles Xavier (also known as Professor X), a legend in the X-Men universe, was killed off by Marvel Comics in one issue of a special crossover series today.
Professor X was created 50 years ago, and his story line saw him build a school for mutants to learn to control their powers away from regular humans. Essentially, he created the X-men.
In the 11th issue of the Avengers vs the X-Men
, a crossover series that pits the two groups of superheroes against each other, Professor X is killed by Cyclops, aka Scott Summers, one of his former students. Cyclops had been taken
over by the Phoenix Force
, a sort of ultra-powerful universal force that manifests itself in Marvel characters.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told the Associated Press
that the series' writer, Brian Michael Bendis, wasn't planning to kill off Professor X. But "as the story progressed
it became obvious that this had to be the last stand of Charles Xavier," said Alonso.