Patrick Stewart may not be playing Charles Xavier/Professor X after all in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
Ever since the Doctor Strange trailer, fans believe that the voice heard in the trailer is Patrick Stewart. Marvel had already confirmed that the X-Men and Fantastic Four were coming to the MCU so fans theorized that the mutants could appear in the Doctor Strange sequel. Stewart has commented that he was “astonished” fans could identify him in the trailer as they only heard his voice and saw his shoulder in the trailer.
There are also reports that the movie will include several cameos from previous Marvel movies such as Ben Affleck’s Daredevil and Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. After seeing Patrick Stewart in the trailer, fans believe that the X-Men‘s debut in the MCU will be in the Doctor Strange sequel. Co-producer, Richie Palmer warns fans that this might not be the case during her interview with Empire Magazine:
“I’ll quote the first ‘X-Men’ movie and say, ‘Are you sure you saw what you saw?’ There are infinite versions of these characters, and just because you may have heard something familiar doesn’t mean it’s someone you have seen before.”
Palmer brings up a good point as Patrick Stewart could be playing a trick on fans in the trailer. This wouldn’t be the first time as fans were tricked in WandaVision as Evan Peters pretended to be Elizabeth Olsen’s dead brother, Pietro Maximoff. Peters played Quicksilver from the X-Men universe so fans thought that Peters was going to be the first character from Fox to appear in the MCU. It was later revealed that Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) had tricked Wanda and that Peters’ character was just a random guy from Westview.
Marvel fans will also get some more examples of actors playing two different characters in the Marvel Universe as Russel Crowe will play Zeus in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) and have a role in Kraven the Hunter (2023). Speaking of Pietro, Aaron Taylor Johnson who played the speedster in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) will be starring as Kraven in his own solo movie with Sony Pictures.
As Palmer pointed out, the Multiverse offers a lot of different possibilities for characters which means other actors can portray the same person. This is why No Way Home brought all of the Spider-Man actors together, but it also means that an actor can play several different roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Palmer may be trying to get fans to believe Stewart won’t be playing Charles Xavier in the movie, it’s likely the actor will still be playing the fan-favorite character. Marvel should know that fans want to see the older X-Men cast make a cameo in the movie. Marvel will definitely receive some backlash if Stewart ends up playing a random person in the movie as fans don’t want a repeat with Peter’s Quicksilver.
More on Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange 2 is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange in the main timeline, but he will also play other variants in the movie such as Zombie Strange, Defender Strange, and Strange Supreme. The movie will also star Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), Wong as the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Wong), Mordo, (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Rintrah (Adam Hugill), Charles Xavier/Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart), and potentially other characters from the Marvel universe.
The MCU is just beginning to add more superhero teams into the Marvel universe because now, the Avengers need all the help they can get. It is only a matter of time before we see the Young Avengers, Illuminati, Defenders, Midnight Sons, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and the Thunderbolts enter the MCU.
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There are many things to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while we wait for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. On Disney+ you can expect Moon Knight on March 30, Ms. Marvel in Summer 2022, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness comes out on May 6, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.