Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is finally arriving at the theaters globally next week, and Marvel fans are hyped up for different reasons. The sequel to Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange (2016) may become a film of monumental importance for MCU Phase 4. It will be instrumental in deciding the fate of two of the most pivotal characters alongside setting the tone for the main timeline of the multiverse.
The destinies of Stephen Strange and Wanda Maximoff aren’t the only thing that defines the importance of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The upcoming Marvel flick will introduce the fans to new characters or variants of the older ones. One such confirmed debut in MCU is Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, portrayed by Patrick Stewart, who last played the same role in the critically acclaimed Logan (2017).
Professor X is the first confirmed X-Men to appear in the MCU through Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The confirmation of Professor X’s arrival in Doctor Strange 2 is a pretty big deal considering MCU in general. It will be the first official appearance of an X-Men, culminating the wait with the 28th film in the cinematic universe set in Phase 4.
Whether Professor Charles Xavier will showcase his telepathic powers in the film or may only summon Strange in front of the Illuminati, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may well prove to be the best way to introduce X-Men in MCU. Here’s why.
Why is the upcoming Marvel flick setting up the best possible platform for the debut of X-Men?
The wait for the X-Men debut has been pretty long ever since Disney acquired 21st Century Fox, which held the rights to X-men films. The acquisition happened in 2019, and wild fan theories have been circling the internet for the potential debut of the X-Men.
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Professor X is most likely to appear as a part of the Illuminati, a secret group of superheroes that served together to discuss and act upon resolving several issues happening within the world. Thus, viewers can expect the same from MCU’s iteration.
The presence of such a group, even in the multiverse, will open the gate to future appearances from X-Men. Moreover, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a Sam Raimi film; thus, one can expect a splendid visual treat with shades of horror, which were evident in his Spider-Man Trilogy.
Furthermore, new promotional clips of the multiversal saga have indicated the inclusion of a more comic-book accurate hover chair of Professor Charles Xavier. Thus, the treatment of the character seems quite promising. Other than Professor’s appearance in the movie, many other cameos have been guaranteed, which may or may not include any other popular X-Man.
The link of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with the rest of the MCU makes it the best way to introduce X-Men. Thus, creating a precedent for future appearances in other shows/movies, alongside setting up a platform for X-Men projects in MCU.
Although it’s doubtful, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness can also showcase a potential cameo of a popular X-Men character through mid-credits or post-credits that will connect with any upcoming film/series. However, the only concern that bothers fans is the director going for the overkill and adding one cameo too many.
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