X-Men Movie Timeline: How Patrick Stewart’s Professor X From Doctor Strange 2 Fits In | Movies | Entertainment
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR DOCTOR STRANGE 2. In the early 2000s, the X-Men film trilogy saw Patrick Stewart take on the role of Charles Xavier. In the third X-Men: The Last Stand movie, his mutant somehow survived being destroyed by Jean Grey, as teased by a hospital scene in the end credits – a scene that has never been explained.
After the events of that Marvel movie, Hugh Jackman made his second solo outing as Logan in The Wolverine.
During the end credits of this film, Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto show up to ask for the clawed mutant’s help.
Next came X-Men: Days of Future Past, which traversed the stars of the 2000s X-Men trilogy with the cast of the X-Men prequel on a time-traveling adventure.
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Nonetheless, this was followed by Logan – set in 2029 – which saw both an elderly Professor X and Wolverine kick the bucket.
When originally asked to appear in Disney’s MCU after the studio bought the rights to Fox and the X-Men characters, Stewart coyly played it, saying he didn’t want to cancel. Professor X’s death scene in Logan.
Nevertheless, the 81-year-old man was convinced to return since the Charles Xavier of the Illuminati that he played in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was not the same as that of the Fox X-Men films.
Even though Benedict Cumberbatch’s Wizard had traveled from the MCU (Earth-616) to another universe (Earth-838), he was still different from the reality that Logan and those other non-Disney movies are set in.
This means Stewart was playing a variation of Professor X, who ended up getting his neck snapped by Scarlet Witch.
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Just as there was a Doctor Strange look-alike in other universes, so is Professor X and other Marvel characters.
So is this the end of Stewart’s time as Charles Xavier? Fans thought so with Logan.
However, given the infinite multiverse the MCU now has to play with, we wouldn’t be surprised if another variant of his mutant pops up as well.
If anything, he might just be the first of many Fox X-Men to show up. Can Hugh Jackman be persuaded to take over Wolverine? Fans will have to wait and see.