Doctor Strange 2 may have already broken NWH’s record. The second trailer for Multiverse of Madness, which premiered during the post-credits scene of NWH, confirmed old rumors and set up new mysteries. As Loki and NWH have provided the MCU with a gateway into the Multiverse, it appears that Multiverse of Madness will deliver the franchise’s most ambitious film yet.
It’s amazing how well No Way Home utilized the Multiverse’s potential by bringing together three distinct eras of Spider-Man in one film, despite the fact that its plot was much simpler. The heroes and villains from Garfield and Maguire’s universes received positive enough arcs to justify their return in an MCU crossover, even though the focus was on Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and his supporting cast. NWH helped Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe break the record for the longest time spent playing a Marvel character — until now — as well as bringing an end to the stories of the two previous Spider-Men and their villains.
It was revealed in the Multiverse of Madness trailer that Professor Xavier’s original Illuminati member, Patrick Stewart, will make a cameo appearance in the film. Professor Xavier will be two years older than Maguire and Dafoe if he is the same character from the original X-Men timeline who has been transported to a different part of the Multiverse. Since then, Stewart has appeared as Charles Xavier in almost every film in the franchise, making him an integral part of the team. X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine, as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past and Logan, would all feature cameos from Stewart as Professor X.
However, it is difficult to tell if Professor X from the Multiverse of Madness will be the same Patrick Stewart has been portraying for the past twenty years. After Phase 4 established the concept of the Multiverse, almost anything is possible in terms of alternate characters. It’s even more difficult to tell one version from another when you factor in the filmography of the X-Men. Audiences are still debating whether Professor X, played by James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart, is the same person.
Patrick Stewart may have beaten Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe’s record at NWH with his portrayal of Professor Xavier in Multiverse of Madness. Dr. Strange 2 will be released in theaters nearly 22 years after Stewart made his debut as Magneto in X-Men. Stewart’s appearance in Multiverse of Madness, even if it’s not the same character, is already significant for the actor and for Marvel’s history as a whole.