Patrick Stewart has opened up about his return as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and his potential future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Patrick Stewart has been playing Professor X since 2000, and while many believed Logan marked the end of his tenure, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness brought him back into the mix. With the Doctor Strange sequel now playing in theaters, Stewart talked about his Professor X return more in-depth with Variety:
“Well, it was a day-and-a-half’s work. I was in a very different environment from the one that I had ever been in, in any of the “X-Men” movies. And just like “Picard,” I was grateful for it, because I could think refreshingly about who he was and how he related to others. Just like “Star Trek: Picard,” I was a little unsure at first if it was a wise thing to do. Given that “Logan” had been such a powerful movie and we watched him die in Hugh Jackman’s arms. So having seen [“Doctor Strange 2”] on Monday night, I’m very happy and very proud that I’ve been part of that.”
Spoilers for Multiverse of Madness ahead!
In the sequel, Patrick Stewart’s Professor X also sports a new look that’s very much a nod to the animated X-Men series from the ’90s. Here’s what Stewart had to say about that new wheelchair for Professor X:
“Yes! It was very unlike the Porsche that I was driving in the films. That was a very fast, very manipulative wheelchair. And when I first saw the monster that I was going to be driving in this one, I was dismayed. But it was fine. It worked very well. I had to bring it to a stop before a flight of stairs. That was my only concern, was that I would somehow get out of control and go all the way down the stairs in this thing! But it was a very, very different world from the “X-Men” movies, with references here and there, of course. But I was very, very happy.”
Patrick Stewart’s Professor X showing up in Multiverse of Madness also marks the first time a central X-Men character has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Illuminati version of Professor X ends up dying at the hands of the Scarlet Witch, more could still be on the horizon with the 81-year-old actor saying the following about another return:
“Charles Xavier? Yeah. There may be. You know, the whole X-Men comic series is so huge, so vast, there might be an opportunity in which he comes back. We’ll see.”
Here is the synopsis for the Marvel Studios film:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in theaters now. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.