Patrick Stewart first took on the role of Professor Charles Xavier in 2000 s X-Men.
Patrick Stewart confesses that he was nervous about reprising his Professor X role before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Stewart initially played Professor Charles Xavier in 2000 s X-Men and has played the character many times since most recently in Multiverse of Madness.
Stewart Xavier has gone through a lot in his X-Men career with his character being brutally murdered in half of his onscreen appearances. However these deaths were typically brief. Professor X faced additional sorrow after My stiques time altering action in X-Men Days of Future Past brought Xavier back to life. In Logan the telepath was one of numerous X-Men characters who died defending a younger generation of mutants in what many thought was Stewart last appearance as Xavier.
Now Stewart said in an interview with Variety that he was apprehensive about reprising the role. Thankfully Stewart did not let this concern deter him from reprising Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Stewarts time away from the X-Men provided him with new insights and enabled him to inject new life into the character.
Despite his initial reservations Stewart was delighted to be a part of the picture. He said as per Screen rant Well it was a day and ahalf work. I was in a very different environment from the one that I had ever been in in any of the X-Men movies. And just like Pi card I was grateful for it because I could think refreshingly about who he was and how he related to others. Just like Star Trek Pi card I was a little unsure at first if it was a wise thing to do.
While many deaths in superhero films are masked by the inevitable comeback of these heroes as the X-Men series has done previously Logan was lauded for displaying real mourning. This being said having Stewart return to portray Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness does not necessarily take away from Logan since it introduces a new version of Xavier from a separate reality based on the 1990 s animation X-Men The Animated Series.