With Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which has already sparked a frenzy among Marvel fans, Marvel Studios will return to the blockbuster game in just a few days. It has the potential to take the baton from NWH and run at super speed, with a potentially villainous turn for the Scarlet Witch and the MCU introduction of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X.
As of this writing, Doctor Strange 2 has one of the most extensive casts of substantiated and rumored characters for any MCU film ever, even before its release. The shocking role Stewart reprises as one of his most iconic characters, one he’s played for more than two decades, has a lot to do with it.
Up until the Super Bowl trailer, the only time fans had seen or heard anything of Stewart’s involvement in Doctor Strange 2 was the back of his head saying, “We will see what kind of Doctor Strange you are.” New Professor X-themed imagery has been used in the MCU’s 2022 promotional tour, which is now just over a week away from its premiere.
Marvel Studios has released a new tease for Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in a 15-second TV spot for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The clip ends with a shot of Professor X, who first appeared in Marvel Comics, moving forward in his iconic yellow hoverchair. We’ll see what kind of Doctor Strange you are, Professor X can be heard saying in the background.
The entire promo can be seen in the video below:
In spite of the fact that many fans thought Patrick Stewart’s tenure as Professor X was over after 2017’s Logan, no character in Doctor Strange 2 has gotten as much attention as his portrayal in the sequel. That the mutant leader will travel the Multiverse with the MCU’s most powerful magicians and make an impact there is now confirmed by this image of Professor X’s hoverchair.
Stewart’s MCU debut will feature his comic-accurate hoverchair for the first time, as has been the case with many of the Phase 4 projects in the MCU. This is only the third character to receive this level of treatment, following Kingpin and Captain America, and it’s only right that Stewart helped to break the mold in contemporary superhero films with X-Men in 2000.
Stewart’s role in the MCU sequel, especially as the Illuminati take the spotlight in the Multiversal madness, is now the biggest question. Regardless of those answers, Stewart’s inclusion alone will make fans nostalgic and excited for what the MCU can do in the coming years with so many characters at their disposal.