‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Writer Explains Why This Professor X is Different
There were a whole host of reasons why fans have made Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness one of the most anticipated projects in the vast pantheon of the MCU.
Set to bookend the MCU’s Phase Four exploration into the Multiverse, the long-awaited Doctor Strange sequel was an opportunity for the Marvel Universe to expand into the depths of the unknown, and take with it the excitement of what fans might see.
Although the film was always set to be the continuation of both Doctor Strange, and Wanda’s, story; it was the promotional campaigns highlighting certain appearances that made fans incredibly eager to unravel the mystery.
One of the earliest appearances that were heavily inferred by the film’s trailer was the return of Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier; something that was confirmed by the beloved actor following the release of the trailer.
He appeared alongside a host of incredible nods to iconic characters, but the differentiating factors of his appearance have many fans curious as to just which version of the character this could be; with Stewart being known for playing the character in a very specific adaptation.
In a recent interview with Variety, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron explains why this Professor X is different.
When asked if this version of the character is more inspired by the Fox version that was in the classic X-Men films of the 2000s, or the X-Men Animated Series version that is hinted at by the presence of the iconic yellow hover chair, Waldron noted that it was, “A little bit of both.”
Expounding, Waldron states, “I don’t know if I’m technically supposed to get into specifics about these actors or characters, but I worked with that performer to even talk about making it different, so it was a different version of him.”
“He uses a line from Days of Future Past that he says to Stephen.” Waldron continued, “But also, we drew from the classic cartoon version of that character. He’s a variant who has qualities of a bunch of different versions of those guys from across the multiverse.”
It is awesome that this version of Professor X is an amalgamation of these iconic versions of the character, and his appearance was definitely one of the coolest moments of the Doctor Strange sequel.