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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Something that’s been on the horizon for ages is that The Avengers, as we know them cinematically, are going to be changing in the coming years. The lineup is going to be shakenup, and Marvel Studios has been working diligently to introduce the future members of the team. One of the characters that we know is going to step up in a big way as heroes like Captain America and Iron Man start to take more of a back seat is Doctor Strange. When his debut arrives on November 4, it’s going to not only introduce us to the Sorcerer Supreme, but it’s going to set up the launchpad that’s going to send him into The Avengers.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch says he never really focused much on that aspect of things. The Sherlock thesp says he put most of his energy into tackling new challenges. Since this is his first big action movie, with CG effects, stunts, and ample amounts of green screen, Cumberbatch had a different set of priorities while working on Doctor Strange.

There’s so much going on in this film. There’s such a great story arc, there are so many great challenges for me, as an actor, in every department, from wirework to kung fu to great dialogue scenes with the most incredible cast and great characters,” he said during the UK premiere of Doctor Strange. “[I] put it on the back-burner that I was playing a superhero.” 

Cumberbatch says that it wasn’t until he saw Doctor Strange at the premiere that he really saw it; That he really understood that he had inhabited the role of a superhero, and not just any superhero, but one that is going to be a part of one of the most celebrated cinematic teams ever.

At the premiere, which was the first time I’d seen the film, and – I won’t spoil it for you – but there’s a moment near the end where I thought, ‘Oh yeah, that’s it, he’s a superhero, he’s going to be an Avenger,’ so that’s really cool,” Cumberbatch said.

We’ll get to experience that moment when Doctor Strange arrives in less than two weeks. As for when we’ll get to see him as an Avenger? That’s going to have to wait until Avengers: Infinity War arrives in 2018.

SOURCE: Screen Rant

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.