Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has finally made its way to theatres yesterday and surpassing all expectations, it’s already deemed a hit. The new Marvel film around magic and mystic arts has a 77% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes with an impressive 89% audience score. Jenna Anderson (ComicBook.com) gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “an inventive, outrageous turning point for the MCU.” The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Benedict Wong as Wong, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo.
Patrick Stewart Returned To Portray Professor X From X-Men Saga
However, the movie also had some big surprises. Previously this year, to the surprise of many fans, a trailer had teased the return of Professor X (Patrick Stewart). The actor had reprised the role in various Marvel movies beginning with 2000’s X-Men and 2017’s Logan. Sir Patrick recently talked to Variety about why he was really worried about using Professor X’s classic wheelchair from the comics.
“Yes! It was very unlike the Porsche that I was driving in the films,” Stewart began. “That was a very fast, very manipulative wheelchair. And when I first saw the monster that I was going to be driving in this one, I was dismayed. But it was fine. It worked very well. I had to bring it to a stop before a flight of stairs. That was my only concern, was that I would somehow get out of control and go all the way down the stairs in this thing! But it was a very, very different world from the X-Men movies, with references here and there, of course. But I was very, very happy.”
He also talked about returning to the role, “Well, it was a day-and-a-half’s 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 Picard, I was grateful for it, because I could think refreshingly about who he was and how he related to others. Just like Star Trek: Picard, I was a little unsure at first if it was a wise thing to do. Given that Logan had been such a powerful movie and we watched him die in Hugh Jackman’s arms. So having seen [Doctor Strange 2] on Monday night, I’m very happy and very proud that I’ve been part of that.”
You may read the official description for Doctor Strange 2 below:
“Now that Iron Man and Captain America have left after a fierce battle in Avengers: Endgame, former genius surgeon and the strongest magician of them all, Doctor Strange, is expected to play an active role as a central figure in the Avengers. However, using his magic to manipulate time and space at will with a forbidden spell that is considered the most dangerous has opened the door to a mysterious madness called ‘the Multiverse.'”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is out in theatres now.