When live action X-Men The film was first introduced in the 1990s, there was only one guy everyone agreed to play Charles Xavier: Patrick Stewart, then star Star Trek: The Next Generation. Thankfully, Stewart accepted the role and did an outstanding job as Professor X in 2017. Logan, which gave the character a touching send-off. Marvel then acquired Fox along with the rights to X-Men movie franchise. This injury seems to mark the end of Stewart’s tenure, as Marvel wasn’t going to just continue the Fox succession; they were going to mind their own business.
But now Marvel has an entire multiverse within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, allowing them to include pre-existing superheroes from other MCUs. And yes Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness brings Stuart back as Xavier for a fun look. (We won’t spoil anything else, but it’s not a surprise; Stuart and even Professor X’s yellow hoverchair were teased in Doctor Strange trailers.)
Marvel still hasn’t added the X-Men to the main MCU, so there’s a lot of uncertainty about how and when they will. But Stewart is at least ready to play Xavier again. When asked Diversity whether he would be open to another return as Professor X in the future, he responded, «Yeah… You know, the whole X-Men comic book series is so huge, so vast, that there might be a possibility of him returning.» Let’s see.» And lest you think that Patrick Stewart is the kind of guy who is willing to take any chance to pay for these roles, he already said that the upcoming third season Star Trek: Picard will be his farewell to this franchise.
Patrick Stewart is 81, so he may not be able to remain the head of the X-Men for much longer. But Professor X is one of those characters that works great at just about any age, so if Stewart is in the game it would be fun to see him again. Or how about voicing a character in that revival X-Men An animated series that Disney+ is working on? That would be great. The options are endless in the multiverse.
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