As Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness comes over the horizon towards its release date, the anticipation begins to build to a fever pitch. New advertising has shown off fresh moments from Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff while other reports have teased once again how this movie will connect to other projects in theaters and on Disney+. And of course, even that still leaves a Patrick Stewart-shaped elephant in the room to address.
Ever since Marvel Studios delivered the Super Bowl trailer for Doctor Strange 2, Patrick Stewart's Professor X has been one of the most consistent conversation topics in regard to this movie's impact on the MCU. Stewart has even commented on the footage a couple of times, even denying having seen it at all at first, although he expressed his thrill to be back in a new version of the role with Marvel Studios.
With the leading X-Men figure being such a major reveal within this incredible story, Marvel has waited to share a full look at what Stewart will look like in his return, and for good reason at that. Now, while his full imagery is still being kept under wraps, a recent theatrical moment gave fans the best look yet at this iconic hero.
New Look at Patrick Stewart in Doctor Strange 2
The GCV YouTube channel shared an expanded look at a TV spot for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, including a new look at Patrick Stewart's Professor X.
This comes from a theater with the ScreenX format, which expands the shot on either side of the core movie.
Specifically, this shot provides the best look yet at Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier in his first appearance within the MCU.
The entire back of his head is shown through the expanded screens, although he still looks blurry in the shot. Fans can also now see the headpiece of what appears to be a yellow wheelchair in which he's sitting.
In the comics, Professor X is often seen riding in a yellow hoverchair, which is a color and design that hasn't been fully adapted through Marvel's X-Men movies from 20th Century Fox. Below is an image of the chair from X-Men #4 (1991):
The full video with the expanded footage can be seen below:
Doctor Strange Trailer Shows Full Wheelchair
While Professor X is unquestionably a powerful player in and of himself, he's instantly recognizable thanks to the classic wheelchair and hoverchair he boasts in the comics and the movies. Now that fans can see the back of that chair in this new trailer, it only serves to push the excitement for his return to even higher levels.
Marvel Studios has made it more of a point than ever to bring comic accurate imagery into the MCU during Phase 4. Most recently, this was seen with Peter Parker's new suit in Spider-Man: No Way Home, the Hawaiian shirt for Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin in Hawkeye, and even Falligar the Behemoth in the newly released trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder.
This imagery in the new trailer could prove that Marvel is bringing that same comic accuracy once again with a character fans have wanted in the MCU for a long time.
Of course, this is the closest thing anybody will get to a full look at Stewart's Professor X until the movie fully debuts. Marvel Studios and its team are doing everything in their power to avoid discussing the subject, and after everything that came in No Way Home, this movie could top even that threequel with its surprising reveals.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will debut in theaters on May 6.