It ain’t easy being an Avenger. And no, I’m not talking about the constant threats that plague Earth or the constant worry that some younger super is going to usurp you from your position in the running team of six. I’m talking about the constant struggle to keep one’s ego in check when you’re surrounded by countless other heroes.
If you’ll recall, the first meeting of the Avengers led to a one-on-one-on-one fight between Iron Man, Thor, and Cap. It was only after Thor’s hammer hit Cap that they settled down and talked like human beings (never mind that one of them isn’t a human being). With over 20 Avengers crowding up the screen Avengers: Infinity War (and with one of them being Star-Lord), it makes sense they’d need someone to keep them focused.
That someone is Doctor Strange, as actor Benedict Cumberbatch revealed to Entertainment.ie:
“I think the line that he was the adult in the room was something that we all sort of talked about early on…He’s in the room with Iron Man and he’s trying to pull him together and focus him on this pretty sobering threat that’s imminent, and yeah, it was apparent that if it was just name calling name calling name calling name calling, if it was just that all of the time, one of them just had to go ‘I can really take your name calling, you fifth grader idiot’ and go back to the job at hand, and so that was really what my role was.”
Initially, this seemed like a bit of an odd deal. After all, Doctor Strange — like Tony Stark (and possibly Star-Lord) is a bit of a narcissist. Wouldn’t he, by his very nature, clash with Stark? Perhaps not. More than the others, he seems like the type of narcissist who thinks himself so above everyone else, that he’d cut straight to business. An example of this is the way he handled Loki back in Thor: Ragnarok.
Doctor Strange doesn’t have time for any of the Avengers and their s**t. They have a mission, and he’ll use his sorcery to disorient them until they do listen to him. I very much enjoy this, as I had initially had concerns that he would be Tony Stark 2.0, but they’re already taking pains to differentiate him, which is important.
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