– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Ever since Kevin Feige came out on stage and introduced the ambitious Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s been assumed that the then-two-part-film Avengers: Infinity War would be an “all hands on deck” kind of thing. In essence, practically every superhero we’ve been introduced two over the course of the decade-long MCU would show up in some capacity to take on the series’ big bad Thanos. 

This was never confirmed, but the momentum in the series really seemed to heading in that direction, with each film acting as a small piece of the ever-growing puzzle. Some even went so far as to believe the Netflix superhero shows could be involved to some capacity (though we all know now that that’s incredibly unlikely). As such, it was assumed that Doctor Strange would be making his grand return in Avengers: Infinity War along with the likes of the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

Now, in a recent interview from Empire (via Express UK), actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays the Sorcerer Supreme in the upcoming Doctor Strane film, confirmed this, stating that it was a: 

“logistical challenge of aligning his schedule with those of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. To get us all together will be quite something. That’s why this character is being introduced, to open up the next chapter.”

As mentioned above, this isn’t exactly “news” to those who have been following this whole ordeal, but it’s always good to back up assumptions with actual confirmation whenever one can. Given Strange’s magical abilities, he will be a definite asset to the Avengers, and could help to give them a completely new insight to the dangers they will face ahead. Up until now, every aspect of the MCU has been based on Earth or in science fiction, but never in magic.

What do you think? How will Doctor Strange fit into the gigantic puzzle that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Empire (via Express UK)

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.