In just a few days, Marvel Studios will jump back into the theatrical blockbuster game with Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which has already incited an enthused madness across the fandom. From a potentially villainous turn for the Scarlet Witch to the MCU introduction for Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, this sequel has a chance to take the baton from Spider-Man: No Way Home and run with it at super speed.
Already featuring one of the biggest lists of confirmed and rumored characters for any MCU movie ever, Doctor Strange 2 truly lives up to its subtitle, Multiverse of Madness, even before the film comes out in full. Much of this has to do with Stewart's shocking role as he reprises one of his most iconic characters - one that he's played for more than two decades.
Thus far, the biggest indication of Stewart being in Doctor Strange 2 was in the Super Bowl trailer, where fans saw the back of his head and heard him say "We should tell him the truth." Now, with just over a week left until the MCU's first film of 2022 comes to theaters, the promotional tour again focuses on Stewart with new Professor X-centric imagery.
More Professor X in Doctor Strange 2 Spot
Marvel Studios released a 15-second TV spot for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that showed a new tease for Patrick Stewart's Professor X.
The very end of the clip features a shot of Charles Xavier moving forward in his classic yellow hoverchair that originated in Marvel Comics. Professor X can also be heard saying "we will see what kind of Doctor Strange you are."
The full promo can be seen below:
More Teases for MCU's First X-Man
Almost no character in Doctor Strange 2 has seen more attention than Patrick Stewart's Professor X, considering that fans thought his time in the role was over after 2017's Logan. Now, this image of his hoverchair is the closest thing to confirmation possible yet that the mutant leader will traverse the Multiverse and make his impact felt alongside the MCU's most powerful magicians.
As has been the case with most of the MCU's Phase 4 projects, Stewart's MCU introduction will even come with his comic-accurate hoverchair for the first time in any of his appearances. This is only the latest character to receive this top-notch treatment after Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin and Sam Wilson's Captain America, which seems only right considering Stewart helped break the mold in modern superhero films with 2000's X-Men.
Now, the biggest question is how big Stewart's role in the MCU sequel will be, particularly as the Illuminati take center stage in the Multiversal madness. Regardless of those answers, Stewart's inclusion alone will have fans feeling nostalgic while looking ahead to what the MCU can do in the future with so many characters at the franchise's disposal.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive in theaters on May 6.