Professor X has returned! Or, at least for a few minutes. As seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Sir Patrick Stewart joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Earth-838’s Professor Charles Xavier! Today we’re breaking down if we think he will return in future MCU installments.
Watch The Illuminerdi break it all down here:
Will Patrick Stewart Return as Professor Xavier in the MCU?
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Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Earth-838’s Professor X was the replacement leader of The Illuminati after the team decided to execute their reality’s Doctor Strange for his actions resulting in destroying an entire universe. His character would go on to be seemingly killed by The Scarlet Witch during her assault on The Illuminati when she would rip off the top part of his head inside his mind.
After his appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans have wondered if Stewart’s Professor X could return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Based on what we know about the MCU, we believe he could return in one of two ways.
Stewart as Earth-616 Charles Xavier?
The first way he could return is if Marvel Studios opts to have Patrick Stewart portray the Earth-616 Variant of the character. Stewart has been considered to be as iconic a Professor Xavier as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, and with Stewart’s willingness to repeatedly return to the role, it’s a possibility. The reason this might not be the most likely outcome is because Marvel Studios could opt to create their own versions of the X-Men without relying on the prior films’ castings.
While fans were worried John Krasinski’s portrayal of Mister Fantastic was a one-off to appease those who wanted to see the fan-casting, we don’t believe that to be the case with Stewart’s Professor X. Stewart has played the role for over twenty years now, and has had his character killed off three times now throughout the films. There is no reason this Variant’s death in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness should be the last we see of Stewart’s portrayal of the character.
The Return of Earth-838 Charles Xavier?
The second and much less likely way we could see Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Charles Xavier is as the Variant from Earth-838. While his character appeared to die in the film, it was left slightly ambiguous. We don’t really know the rules or how getting your head torn off in your mind works, he could just be in a coma.
He might even have a role in the rumored Secret Wars project that looks to be in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that project, we might learn Xavier either survived the attack, or was pulled from a different point in time prior to his death. It feels like there is a lot left to learn about the Professor X of Earth-838. Were there other mutants in this reality? Is there a team or X-Men? Are they all played by the same actors as the Fox series of films? All things we could learn in a potential Secret Wars project.
We here at The Illuminerdi hope we haven’t seen the last of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after his astonishing debut in the Doctor Strange sequel.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+. Do you think we will see Sir Patrick Stewart reprise his role as Charles Xavier? Let us know in the comments and on our Twitter!