Benedict Cumberbatch thinks Doctor Strange could be the man to unify the fractured Avengers after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’ left Earth’s mightiest heroes divided into camps of Team Captain America or Team Iron Man.
The British ‘Sherlock’ star, who makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in ‘Doctor Strange’ this week, believes Strange’s unique position in the world of magic will put him in a great position to mediate each side’s disagreements.
“I think [Doctor Strange] has to be Team Doctor Strange,” Cumberbatch explains to Yahoo Movies.
“His job title is defender of the fabric of reality. I mean, he fights other dimensional threats that are beyond the perceptions of that very potent squabble [between Cap and Iron Man], and I’d like to think he’s going to help them both, rather than take sides.”
Director Scott Derrickson agrees adding, “Doctor Strange will always be on his own team.”
“It’s part of what I liked about him in the comics. Part of what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange is that he stands in a lonely position. He is the gatekeeper between our world and other dimensions, so he doesn’t really stand on anyone’s side other than the side of protecting our world from the malevolent threats that only he protect the world from.”
Doctor Strange has already been confirmed for 2018’s ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and Cumberbatch thinks the extra dimensions of reality introduced in his solo film will help give the MCU films a bigger canvas to play with.
“The character list gets a little heavier [from ‘Doctor Strange’ to ‘Infinity War’] and you’re working with some legends of the screen let alone iconic characters,” explains Cumberbatch, “So that’ll be a lot of fun.”
“Doctor Strange is there to provide the opening of a new chapter, it’s literally going to open up the dimensions, so just when that frame got a little crowded, it’s got a whole lot bigger.”
‘Doctor Strange’ is in UK cinemas now.