He tried to deny it last week, but the denial didn’t last very long. After Marvel Studios released the official trailer for the upcoming MCU movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, many fans were intrigued by the scene in which a familiar voice was heard. Although we couldn’t see the character’s face, the voice instantly reminded us of the famous Charles Xavier aka Professor X from the X-Men franchise, who was played by Patrick Stewart several times between 2000 and 2017.
Star Trek star Patrick Stewart tried to deny his involvement in the movie last week after he was asked about it, but unlike Andrew Garfield, who kept denying his involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home all the way until the movie’s release, Stewart decided it’s better to admit it now.
“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 — that there would have been so many connections made. It pleased me.” — Patrick Stewart for Jake’s Takes
Patrick Stewart debuted as Charles Xavier in the original X-Men movie back in 2000. He reprised the role in the sequel X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, where his character was ultimately killed off. Still, he had a small cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, its sequel The Wolverine, and X-Men: Days of the Future Past, which totally negated the character’s death from The Last Stand. Stewart played the role for the last time in 2017’s Logan, which said farewell to both Stewart as Charles and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, or that’s what we thought at least.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be one of the biggest and most ambitious projects that ever came out of Marvel (no, we didn’t forget Infinity War, Endgame, and No Way Home), set to be the huge, wild, and Multiversal ride across the entire Marvel Multiverse, which now definitely includes Fox’s X-Men franchise as well.
With the return of Charles Xavier, fans started wondering if some other big names, particularly Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds will also return as Wolverine and Deadpool, respectively, but that was never confirmed, and it probably won’t be. Because IF they really are a part of the movie, there’s no way Marvel wants us to know that before the movie’s premiere.
Directed by Sam Raimi, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to be released on May 6, 2022.