What makes you think it was unintentional?
^ I loved it when, in MJF's TNG/X-Men team-up "Planet X", Picard "meets" Xavier in the holo-deck and notices the resemblace! One of the most unintentionally funny moments in all of Trek Lit.
And yes, it did predate the movies, as did Diane Duane's X-Men novel in which she distinctly wrote Xavier with Patrick Stewart's speech patterns (I think he even said "Make it so" at one point). I think everyone in the world who was a fan of both TNG and the X-Men had pegged Patrick Stewart as the ideal Xavier all along. I know I first had the idea over a dozen years ago. (And Bryan Singer is a big Trek fan, after all.)
Well, yeah, I was going by the fact that it predated Stewart being cast in X-Men. But if it was intentionally funny, that makes it even better.
I've never read Diane Duane's X-men book, but I'll look for it the next time I'm at then used bookstore (or maybe at amazon markeplace as it takes less gas to get there.
And you can count me among the numbers who thought Stewart would make a great Xavier, but at the time, Inever thought that in a million years it would ever actually happen.
BTW, what happened to diane duane
anyway? She was posting here regularly for a short while and then pulled a Marco on us.