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“We’re…we got plans”: Sir Patrick Stewart Teases His Frenemy Sir Ian McKellen Will Return as Magneto in the MCU After the Former Was Asked to Stand By to Repeat Professor X Role 

“We’re…we got plans”: Sir Patrick Stewart Teases His Frenemy Sir Ian McKellen Will Return as Magneto in the MCU After the Former Was Asked to Stand By to Repeat Professor X Role 

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have played two of the most iconic characters in the MCU, Professor X, and Magneto. The decorated actors were part of the X-Men series released in the 2000s, and even to this date, it is one of the most loved series, featuring our favorite characters from the comics such as Storm, Mystique, Wolverine, Rogue, Beast, and many more.

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Patrick Stewart

Even though Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the actor teased the MCU fans that this was not the last time they’re watching Professor X. And that his good friend, Ian McKellen would also return to reprise the role of Magneto.

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What was Patrick Stewart’s Hint to the Audience?

In an interview with ET Online, the X-Men actor commented on whether fans can see more of Professor X in future MCU movies. The actor said that he would borrow the wheelchair of Charles Xavier as standing up seems to be quite problematic if he has to do more standing for Star Trek.

“Charles Xavier? Well, I am looking to borrow his wheelchair if we’re to do much more Star Trek, or standing up is becoming a bit of a problem.”

Patrick Stewart did not confirm if he’d be returning to the MCU to reprise his role, but the 82-year-old actor stated, “[he] can’t say about what Charles’ future might possibly hold.”

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Patrick Stewart in the role of Charles Xavier

He continued saying that if he reprised his role as Charles Xavier, then his good friend Ian McKellen would not be far behind to return to the MCU to reprise his role as Erik Lehnsherr, popularly known as Magneto.

“Actually, it went very well. He did say something like [‘Hey, I would’ve done this!’], yes that’s true. But we’re not done, Sir Ian and myself. We’re… we got plans.”

There is a high possibility that we might see Patrick Stewart in the role of Professor X in Deadpool 3. The actor teased in an earlier interview that he’s “been told to stand by.” And possibly make a jaw-dropping cameo in the upcoming film starring Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds.

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When Can We See More of Magneto?

It has been rumored that Ian McKellen’s Magneto had a cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but for some reason, the director of the film felt the metal-manipulating villain does not fit well with the story of Dr. Stephen Strange, and hence the scene was removed.

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Ian McKellen as Magneto in X-Men: Days of Future Past

However, there are rumors circulating around the internet that states that Magneto may make a cameo in Deadpool 3 as Hugh Jackman confirmed that the film takes place before the death of Charles Xavier and Logan.

“I did tell him that it took place before our movie, so it wasn’t going to screw it up, like claws coming out of the grave. So, he was relieved by that, and he totally got it, that it was a really good idea.” 

If Ian McKellen doesn’t make an appearance in the third sequel, there’s a possibility that he might appear in the Avengers: Secret Wars, as we’ve seen in Avengers: Endgame that there are a lot of cameos without affecting the story of the movie. However, fans have to wait as the film would release on 1st May 2026.

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The X-Men series can be streamed on Disney+.

Source: ET Online

Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.