Benedict Cumberbatch Suggests Doctor Strange Could Get the Avengers Back Together For ‘Infinity War’
Doctor Strange hits theaters next week, introducing Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — along with some mysticism and a handful of otherworldly dimensions (and their threats). Ahead of the film’s release date, we learned that Cumberbatch will reprise his role for Avengers: Infinity War, and according to the actor, he might just be the thing that helps get the team back together following the events of Civil War.
Cumberbatch’s involvement in Infinity War isn’t very surprising given that Marvel has touted their next superhero ensemble as the biggest yet. But the divisive politics of Civil War split the MCU lineup into two opposing teams (with a couple of outliers), and it’s going to take something pretty major to get them all on the same page again. In a recent interview with Yahoo! UK, Cumberbatch was asked if he’s Team Iron Man or Team Cap, and his response suggests that not taking sides might be the best course of action:
I think he has to be Team Doctor Strange. His job title is ‘defender of the fabric of reality.’ I mean, he fights other-dimensional threats that are beyond the perception of that very potent squabble. I’d like to think he’s going to help them both, rather than take sides.
Cumberbatch’s depiction of the character as an arrogant, narcissistic surgeon is certainly reminiscent of one Tony Stark, so it’s reasonable to assume that he’d side with Iron Man on this one — but as the actor says, Strange is primarily concerned with things that are beyond basic comprehension, things that are bigger and more formidable than, say, a deranged hyper-sentient A.I. The Avengers bickering about politics is positively petty in comparison to all that “fabric of reality” stuff.
With Thanos returning (and finally getting up off of that intergalactic La-Z-Boy) for Infinity War, Doctor Strange seems like a good ally for the Avengers to have, especially with all that otherworldly, inter-dimensional knowledge.
Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4. Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to arrive on May 4, 2018.