‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’: Fans Think They Spotted Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in the New Trailer

Super Bowl 2022 has come and gone, but Marvel fans have new trailers to pore over following the big game. Among them is the latest look at Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The trailer for the Doctor Strange sequel showed off some new footage of the upcoming film — and fans believe they may have spotted Sir Patrick Stewart’s Professor X.

‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ gets Super Bowl trailer

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuted its first trailer after the credits for Spider-Man: No Way Home. However, Marvel’s Super Bowl spot for the film delved deeper into its plot — specifically, Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) role in Doctor Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) next adventure.

It also further highlighted the consequences of Strange messing with reality. The fallout won’t just put his current timeline in danger; it will also see him facing punishment for his crimes. He appears to be taken before a panel to receive judgment. It’s possible this is the Illuminati from Marvel Comics, a group of masterminds that heavily influences the comings and goings of superheroes.

The trailer shows a brief glimpse of this panel, and it sees an unknown character speaking. Fans think they recognize the voice. Could Patrick Stewart’s Professor X make an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?

Fans think they heard Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in the trailer

Professor X actor Sir Patrick Stewart wearing glasses, a black suit, and a black bowtie.
Patrick Stewart | Rich Fury/Getty Images

If you stop the new Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer around 1:18, you’ll catch someone with his back turned to the camera uttering the words, “We should tell him the truth.” With subtitles on, the character is listed as “Mystery Voice.” However, fans believe they recognize the person Doctor Strange is standing before.

Following the trailer’s release, many took to Twitter and Reddit to question whether that was Sir Patrick Stewart speaking. It certainly does sound like the former X-Men star. And the silhouette does sort of look like him as well.

There have been rumors of the X-Men appearing in the Doctor Strange sequel — meaning a cameo from Professor X wouldn’t be totally out of left field. That’s especially true if the film is bringing in the Illuminati, which Charles Xavier is a member of in the comics.

If Professor X is the one speaking to Strange in the trailer, that means the X-Men may finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What could that mean for the franchise going forward?

Could ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ bring the X-Men to the MCU?

Ever since Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, fans have wondered whether Marvel Studios would bring the X-Men into the MCU. Many actors from the original films have reportedly retired their roles, but the multiverse opens opportunities for cameos. Just look at Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The appearance of X-Men in the MCU was also teased in WandaVision, when the X-Men version of Quicksilver (Evan Peters) showed up at Wanda’s door. The Disney+ series later made that seem like a misdirect. But the possibility of a Professor X variant popping up in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — played by Patrick Stewart, no less — suggests other mutants could follow suit.

And truthfully, using the multiverse seems like the least messy way to bring the X-Men into Marvel’s main timeline. Of course, if Professor X shows up in the film, he may not be the one we know from previous X-Men movies. It’s likely fans will see variants of the characters they know and love — depending on which actors would be willing to come back and which characters the MCU wants to focus on.

Only time will tell if that actually was Charles Xavier in the trailer, and if Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens the floodgates for mutants in the MCU.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is slated to hit theaters on May 6, 2022.

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