Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Professor Charles Xavier in 2000’s X-Men for 20th Century Fox, has worked on more Marvel films than anyone else. There have been rumors that Professor X will return in 2022’s Doctor Strange 2, and this has reignited his interest in the fandom.
To follow up on NWH’s teases of the Multiverse, Marvel Studios debuted a new trailer for Doctor Strange 2 during the Super Bowl halftime show. If these rumors are true, Professor X is expected to lead the Illuminati in a movie version of the organization.
Even though his voice and shoulder are clearly visible midway through the teaser, Stewart has already adopted the Marvel strategy of avoiding spoilers at all costs, hoping to persuade fans that he knows nothing about any return to his famous character for the Marvel Studios sequel. A recent conversation about the subject, however, suggests he is now more willing to divulge information about what is actually taking place.
According to Sir Patrick Stewart, who plays Charles Xavier in the upcoming The Multiverse of Madness, reports that he appeared in the second trailer for the film are false.
It was only after the following morning that he learned about the trailer’s premiere during Super Bowl LVI that he realized what had happened. “I didn’t recognize (my) own voice,” he said, implying that the trailer’s voice had been edited before it was released. Stewart expressed that the teaser “pleased” him further confirming his cameo in the sequel.
“Well, I had my phone turned off as it happened, so I didn’t hear anything. It wasn’t until the next morning when I woke up and looked at my phone and found that I had been bombarded with responses and that my PR people had sent me reactions that they had detailed and passed onto me… I actually didn’t recognize my own voice, it sounded different. Whether I had a cold or something at the time, I don’t know. But I was astonished, and all they saw was the back of my shoulder, and I think my earlobe, nothing else. There would have been so many connections made. But, uh, it pleased me.”
Since speculation has been rife for weeks, it appears that Sir Patrick Stewart is all in on a return as one of the original on-screen mutants. Willem Dafoe and Tobey Maguire, who starred as the Green Goblin and Spider-Man, will no longer hold the record for the longest run as a single character in Marvel history, as the veteran actor will now hold the title from 2002 to 2021. Mutant leader Wolverine will now give the MCU’s most important players his wisdom, advice, and perhaps even judgment as the Multiverse unravels and multiple universes collide.
No one will believe it until the upcoming MCU film features Stewart in his iconic wheelchair and bald head. Regardless, the voice in the second trailer sounded too much like Stewart’s to be written off as a bad voiceover, as all the evidence suggests. During the build-up to NWH, fans were bombarded with these kinds of rumors, and now they’re occurring again ahead of the MCU’s next significant solo event.