Doctor Strange 2 Includes Iconic Quote From X-Men: Days of Future Past

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has taken over theater screens around the world and it seems people can’t get enough of the Multiversal sequel. The Sam Raimi-directed MCU epic begins Marvel Studios’ theatrical slate for 2022, offering an adventure that takes Stephen Strange, Manda Maximoff, and America Chavez through the Multiverse.

WarningThe rest of this article contains spoilers from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Leading the release of Multiverse of madnesstalk about the many cameos of the film has been the topic of conversation for many. The cameos were mostly the lineup of the mysterious Illuminati.

This super-powered alternative reality group of heroes was spearheaded by the likes of Reed Richards, Captain Carter and Baron Karl Mordo. But it seems that the biggest of them all was Professor Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart

Stewart reprized his role in the Fox X-Men universe and was one of the few Illuminati members which were revealed in trailers for the film, and his appearance came with a large number of Easter eggs. And some eagle-eyed fans have noticed another one.

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A Days of Future Past Tie-In

A line of dialogue from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness matches that of a scene from 20th Century Fox’s almost identically X-Men: Days of Future Past

Multiverse of Madness Charles Xavier
Marvel Studios

During Wanda’s invasion of the Illuminati headquarters, Charles Xavier says: “Just because a person stumbles and gets lost doesn’t mean he’s lost forever” to Mordo, trying to convince him that Earth-616 Strange might actually be good:

Charles Xavier: “Save the girl and go to the Book of Vishanti.”
Stephen Strange: “Do you have the book here?”
Charles Xavier: “Yeah, you built a waypoint.”
Baron Mordo: “Charles, we cannot trust him.”
Charles Xavier: “I believe we can. Just because someone stumbles and gets lost doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. We’ll see what kind of Doctor Strange you are.”
Stephen Strange: “Thank you.”

This one “lost forever” quote exactly mimics a line said twice in Days of the future past. First, Stewart says it to his younger self (played by James McAvoy) when talking about Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto during a Cerebro “time travel” moment:

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[Charles reads Logan’s mind, and appears in the future]
Professor X: Karel.
Karel Xavier: Karel.
Charles Xavier: Is this what will become of us? Eric was right. Humanity does this to us.
Professor X: Not if we show them a better way.
Charles Xavier: Do you still believe?
Professor X: Just because someone stumbles and gets lost doesn’t mean they’re lost forever. Sometimes we all need a little help.
Charles Xavier: I’m not the man I used to be. I open my mind and it almost overwhelms me.

Days of Future Past Charles Xavier
20th Century Fox

This line “lost forever” is repeated again in Days of the future past by McAvoy’s Xavier in saving Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique from a twist to evil.

Days of Future Past Charles Xavier 2
20th Century Fox

Easter egg hunt in the multiverse of madness

Let the Easter egg hunt begin.

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This is just the first of many hidden details to follow found in this Multiversal sequel† There are some obvious ones, such as using the X-Men: The Animated Series theme when Professor X first appears on screen, but it’s these more hidden nuggets that are some of the more exciting.

After all, this is just a simple nod to the character’s grand history on the big screen. But it could mean something more† It’s not to say that this alternate reality isn’t the one in which Days of the future past occurred.

While that probably isn’t the case, there’s still no concrete evidence that this isn’t the same Charles Xavier moviegoers have come to know and love over the past two decades.

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But to put the tinfoil hat off for a moment, these are probably the filmmakers putting something in for the fans.

This Easter Egg and much more can be seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesswhich is now in cinemas worldwide.

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