Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness recently arrived on streaming, giving viewers a whole new opportunity to experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. Marvel Comics The Illuminati’s film version might have been its most unexpected element, with the set featuring a number of surprising Marvel characters. Among them was a new version of Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who was from the alternate universe of Earth-838 alongside the other members of the Illuminati.
Although this version of Professor X may have come from a new corner of the Marvel Multiverse, his wardrobe seemed to be aesthetically inspired by the version of X-Men: The Animated Series, complete with a green suit and a yellow wheelchair. In a recent interview with ComicBook.comit is Phase zero podcast, Multiverse of Madness costume designer Graham Churchyard talked about these Animated series influences and how they come from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
“We made his costume. Yeah, he was so happy,” Churchyard revealed. “It was something Kevin [Feige’s] childhood, The animated series, with the kind of bright yellow bumper car. You call them dodgems? Do you call them bumper cars? A kind of wheelchair that looks like a fairground. It was something that was in The animated series, and it was like, ‘Yeah, we do that.’ So the props guys built this for real, and we shot this in London with double shots. And then when it came to other [photography], they swapped out Patrick Stewart, to match the edit they had already done. They did the editing, so the work with him was then condensed so to speak. But yes, it was a fantastic image, and the green suit and the striped tie and the white shirt. I mean, Kevin was thrilled that we were doing the green suit.”
Churchyard also revealed how Professor X’s costume has a surprising personal connection to Stewart’s real life story.
“And it was done in London, because there’s a tailor’s shop – we used fine Yorkshire wools,” Chruchyard added. “I had worked with Patrick Stewart a few years ago and then we had a little trip down memory lane. And actually his mum worked in the wool trade in Yorkshire England so he was really happy to wear something that came from the kind of heritage of his mother who worked in this industry.”
“I did a Zoom fitting with him at his home in Los Angeles, [and then] sent some guys from Marvel Studios there,” Churchyard explained. I was just talking to him while they were pinning stuff. That was all in COVID. We did so many Zoom try-ons.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.