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Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Patrict Stewart in 'X-Men' Image Credit: and Marvel Studios

Following the release of the Super Bowl trailer and poster for Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’, actors Patrick Stewart and Ryan Reynolds have come forward to share their thoughts on potential casting rumours.

Fans first started to excitedly speculate that Stewart, who played Professor X in the first ‘X-Men’ trilogy, might be making his grand return to the Marvel universe following the release of the film’s latest trailer at Super Bowl LVI on February 13. In the clip, a voice that sounds similar to Stewart’s could be heard saying, “We should tell him the truth.”

According to E! News, during an interview on February 19, the actor sidestepped the comparison but did not outright deny it.

“You know, people have been imitating my voice ever since I came on the stage 60 years ago. So, I can’t be held responsible for that,” Stewart told the outlet.

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Patrick Stweart Image Credit: Shutterstock

But the veteran actor wasn’t the only one who found himself subject to casting rumours. In addition to the trailer, the film’s poster was also released and featured Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange surrounded by falling shards of glass.

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Some of the shards contained snapshots of the film’s cast, including Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the evil Doctor Strange variant from Marvel’s ‘What If...’ animated series.

However, eagle-eyed fans immediately picked up on a smaller shard of glass that they believe features an image of the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ himself, Deadpool. But Reynolds quickly shot down that internet theory.

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Ryan Reynolds Image Credit: Reuters

“I guess I’m not really supposed to say anything about that but I’m really not in the movie,” Reynolds told Variety. However, he did leave room for doubt, adding: “I could be an unreliable narrator, but I promise you I’m not in the movie.”

Reynolds and Stewart wouldn’t be the first actors to lie about making a cameo appearance in a Marvel film. Andrew Garfield notoriously denied any involvement in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ until the film was released last December, not even telling his ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ co-star and ex-girlfriend Emma Stone that he was reprising his role as the famed web-slinger.

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Fans will just have to wait and see for themselves who Doctor Strange encounters on his maddening journey through the multiverse when the film releases on May 6.