The new Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer has MCU fans thrilled. Not only does the fantasy film look wild on its own, but it brings a beloved Marvel actor back in the process – Patrick Stewart as none other than Professor Charles Xavier from the X-Men movies.
Now, that’s unconfirmed, but those suave tones and that profile? It’s either Stewart or someone who looks and sounds remarkably like him. Twitter reacted accordingly, with many fans stunned by the scene. “Oh my God, the GOAT Professor X played by Patrick Stewart is back!?” wrote one user. “I can’t get over it like Professor X is back,” another added.
In one of the great acting and role marriages, Stewart took on Professor X for 2000’s X-Men, and has played the mutant leader in several action films since then. Son Xavier Died in 2017 Logan, a Western-inspired sci-fi film that also marked Hugh Jackman’s time as Wolverine. James McAvoy had started out playing a younger version of the character, but fans really enjoyed the Star Trek veteran’s performance.
You can check out some reactions to the PRofessor X in Doctor Strange 2 below:
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OH MY GOD THE GOAT PROFESSOR X PLAYED BY PATRICK STEWART IS BACK?! 😭 pic.twitter.com/uqWVyJCg5x
— aMucc (@amurkymuc) February 13, 2022
I KNOW THAT VOICE ANYWHERE IT’S PATRICK STEWART’S TEACHER X pic.twitter.com/vHygjs0Gil
— Luke (@qLxke_) February 13, 2022
— Mark on Mars🛸 (@MarkOnMars0) February 13, 2022
– you naughty (@thescarletprint) February 14, 2022
Professor X is rumored to be involved as a Doctor Strange 2 cameo, but it suggests he has a bigger role than that. His participation leans heavily towards an appearance by the Illuminati, a secret organization of Marvel heroes and anti-heroes, who monitor the universe and prevent disaster.
Xavier is a member, along with Namor, who is set to appear in Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange, Reed Richards, Iron Man, and Black Bolt. At least it’s the first iteration, from the first iteration of David Finch and Brian Michael Bendis’ band. In this case, they appear to be a council that watches over the multiverse, which our strange has just sent into chaos.
A hot rumor is that Tom Cruise will play an alternate timeline Tony Stark – he was supposed to play the role in the MCU before Robert Downey Jnr got it. But the rest? We could speculate for days. Although we’re pretty sure Black Bolt is replaced – sorry, Inhumans.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is directed by Sam Raimi and opens in theaters May 6, 2022.