Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios’ most recent theatrical release, had the titular Master of the Mystic Arts plunged into an interdimensional disaster. He meets Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer America Chavez, an adolescent with the power to punch holes in space-time and travel to various realms. Wanda Maximoff, as The Scarlet Witch, was following America in order to murder her and seize her power.
One thing leads to another, and Strange and Chavez find themselves on Earth-838 in search of the Book of Vishanti. They meet the Illuninati, a group of strong superheroes that gather to make judgments that determine the destiny of their world. The Illuminati also includes a variant of Strange’s enemy, Karl Mordo, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, and none other than Professor Charles Xavier, as played by the famous Sir Patrick Stewart.
Professor X in Doctor Strange, played by Patrick Stewart
In the film, Charles has swapped in his traditional wheelchair for a hoverchair similar to the one he used in X-Men: The Animated Series in the early 1990s.
A unique look at how Charles Xavier’s hoverchair was shot can be seen in the new featurette, “Constructing the Multiverse,” from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ digital home release. As can be seen, just the top section of the chair was made physically, with the rest filled in using computer effects.
Stewart chats with Sam Raimi, the director of Doctor Strange 2.
The X-Men and Star Trek actor is filming his sequences.
Raimi views the just captured footage.
Stewart and co-star Benedict Wong have a nice moment.
Benedict Wong and Patrick Stewart
The X-Men Theme Deepens
Previously, another version of Stewart’s Professor Xavier utilized a hoverchair in the X-Men film Days of Future Past, which was produced by 20th Century Fox. But it appeared more like a floating harness than the huge, bright yellow means of transportation that viewers of the original animation are familiar with.
It should also be noted that the animated X-Men theme plays in the film when Xavier glides up to his location on the balcony. The Professor is also dressed in a green suit with a striped tie, which is identical to what he wore in The Animated Series, emphasizing that this is all supposed to be a careful tribute to the 1990s television series.
Of course, Xavier’s screentime was cut short as a Darkhold-corrupted Wanda breaks his neck while attempting to help her. Stewart, on the other hand, has said that he may make additional Marvel cameos as his legendary role. One has to applaud the octogenarian’s ongoing passion for his performing career.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness by Marvel Studios is currently streaming on Disney+ and will be available for digital home distribution on Tuesday, July 26.