Patrick Stewart made his last appearance as Professor X in the 2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Although he appeared only for a brief moment, it was still a treat for his fans. Followed by his the Multiverse of Madness, many claimed that this would be his first and last appearance in the MCU. However, new rumors are suggesting otherwise. As Marvel Studios reportedly planning to officially introduce X-Men with Deadpool 3, there have been some discussions about the return of Stewart’s Professor X.
Recent rumors have also claimed that the studio is planning to bring back the former X-Men cast for Avengers: Secret Wars. However, it’s still not confirmed if the studio is planning to bring back the original X-Men cast or Fox’s X-Men reboot cast.
Patrick Stewart Could Reprise His MCU Role in the Future
As rumors started that the studio is planning to bring back the former X-Men cast in the final film of phase 6, everyone started assuming it probably would be the young X-Men. However, the X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy said that he is not that bothered about coming back.
Patrick Stewart who was introduced as Charles Xavier in the 2000 X-Men film reprised his role in the Multiverse of Madness. When he was asked if fans would see him again in the MCU, the Star Trek actor said that he is open to playing Professor X in the future.
“Charles Xavier? Yeah. There may be. You know, the whole X-Men comic series is so huge, so vast, there might be an opportunity in which he comes back. We’ll see.”
Marvel Studios will officially be introducing the X-men with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the MCU with Deadpool 3. Reports have claimed that with Jackman, the studio might be planning to bring back the rest of the original X-Men cast as well. And considering this, the studio would prefer having Stewart as Professor X.
So fans can expect to see the Logan star in the upcoming threequel of Deadpool and probably in Secret Wars as well. However, Marvel Studios has not made an official announcement regarding his return to the MCU yet.
Fans Want to See Patrick Stewart in Secret Wars
As the rumors start circulating on the internet, the fans have been discussing which film would make more sense for Professor X’s next appearance in the MCU. The Last Stand star who played the character for a long time is reportedly expected to reprise his role in the future.
Secret Wars obviously
— Oui (@LucasDA11506016) December 6, 2022
I guess secret wars and maybe Deadpool 3 could films in wich he appears
— Hotty_BabboNatale🇪🇺🇮🇹🎄🎅 (@Lorenzo74209291) December 6, 2022
His final appearance better be Secret Wars along with Ian McKellen’s Magneto
— EJ 🙂 (@Birdsquawks_) December 6, 2022
— 🜃 🅡🅔🅐🅛Ⓜ️🅐🅡🅛🅘🅝🅢🅕🅐🅝 (@RealMarlinsFan) December 7, 2022
I figured. That was just one variant of him. https://t.co/pyMmeNdrzd
— its me (nick). hi. (@FearlessRiOT) December 7, 2022
And with all the superheroes from across the multiverse joining the force in the 2026 Secret Wars, X-Men are also expected to join the MCU. However, it is not yet confirmed which X-Men team Marvel Studios would introduce in the MCU.
Fans have been asking for Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen’s return, in the hope to see the iconic duo on screen. Both the actors could return to the MCU in Secret Wars. However, one of the biggest arguments is about their age.
Both Stewart and McKellen are 80 plus, and considering that the MCU is planning to introduce the X-Men to the MCU, they would also have future X-Men projects in mind. The Macbeth star might not be the studios’ choice to play a long-term Charles Xavier in the MCU.
This could lead to his role being either a torch-passing cameo to the next generation of X-Men or a variant appearance like the Multiverse of Madness.
Avengers: Secret Wars is set to release on 1 May 2026.