Patrick Stewart Teases Involvement With Future ‘X-Men’ Projects

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Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X in X-Men

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Patrick Stewart believes that he will return to the MCU a few more times as Charles Xavier/Professor X in the next few years.

Stephen Strange looking at the silhouette of Charles Xavier (Professor X)
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) did what all X-Men fans have wanted to see ever since the beginning of the MCU. It brought Stewart’s Charles Xavier into the MCU. Fans first learned this after hearing his voice in the first trailer.

From there, theories exploded on the internet as fans tried to figure out what this could mean. Now, fans can see what Marvel has done as Doctor Strange 2 is out in theaters. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has to save America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) from a dangerous enemy and Strange learns that the Multiverse has a lot of possibilities. Some are good while others are horrific.

Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart) using Cerebro
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In the end, fans got to see Charles Xavier back in action instilling hope and wisdom, but Patrick Stewart hopes he can return to play the iconic character a few more times. While talking to Variety, the actor openly says he wants to continue being Charlex Xavier and that there are a lot of different ways for him to 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.”

Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X
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Stewart continues on to explain that his role in Doctor Strange 2 forced him to do more research on what Xavier has been up to in the comics. He admitted that he was delighted that the audience at the premiere loved the story and the movie, but he found it hard to follow along since he isn’t an expert on the Marvel universe:

“Well, it needed me to do quite a bit of reading and looking at comic books and things. I’ve never been that comic book person. And even when I was a kid, I used to read books instead of comics. I was unfamiliar, and in fact, a lot of what I saw on Monday night, I had to work hard to connect these things together. Because you could hear the audience knew exactly what the actors’ characters were referring to. You remember the laughter when an actor would just mutter some line, and the audience would laugh, because they knew what the context was and they knew what the history of that expression was. And I found that delightful, when an audience become part of the film experience.”

Charles Xavier's hand resting on wheelchair
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Even if fans haven’t seen Stewart’s role in Doctor Strange 2, fans should know that the Multiverse means that fans can expect several variants. Knowing the MCU, there’s a good chance we might see a dozen more Charles Xaviers before the actor retires.

Knowing that the X-Men is entering the MCU, fans wonder how Marvel plans to do this. Some fans want the original X-Men cast to be in the MCU. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine would be amazing to see alongside other iconic Marvel super heroes like Chris Hemsworth’s Thor or even Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Hopefully, fans will get to see other actors return to play their X-Men characters, but at least we know that Patrick Stewart will most likely return in some way.

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Mordo with Ultron Bots
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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 Sinister 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.

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'
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Do you want to see Patrick Stewart return as Charles Xavier? Let us know what you think!

Phase Four has started off with a lot of content for Marvel fans to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+  you can watch Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel on June 8, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is out in theaters right now, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

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