Heading into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, we'd covered a lot of rumours about the Marvel Studios sequel. Among them was a cameo appearance from Sir Patrick Stewart's Professor X, something the loose-lipped actor had actually hinted at in interviews.
A trailer for the movie later teased his appearance but we didn't get to see the leader of the X-Men in action until the sequel arrived in theaters.
Looking very much like his animated counterpart in X-Men: The Animated Series/X-Men '97, the powerful hero showed up in his green suit and yellow floating wheelchair as a member of Earth-838's Illuminati. Charles Xavier heroically tried to stop the Scarlet Witch but had his neck snapped for his troubles.
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Concept Art Reveals Alternate Mister Fantastic Costume Designs
Concept art from the Doctor Strange sequel shows that Marvel Studios didn't waste a lot of time thinking up alternate designs for Professor X. It appears a live-action take on the animated character was always a priority, no great surprise when Kevin Feige is said to be a big fan of X-Men: The Animated Series.
While we won't see this Xavier again, Stewart has since teased another return and is expected to appear in Deadpool 3 next year. Will casual fans grow confused seeing familiar faces like this despite having watched them die? It's hard to say and will come down to how well people understand the Multiverse Saga.
You can take a closer look at this newly revealed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness concept art below.
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Marvel Cinematic Universe unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. We'll journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
The movie's cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams.
The film is directed by Sam Raimi, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll and Jamie Christopher serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Loki Head Writer Michael Waldron.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.