"Doctor Strange" isn't even out in theaters yet, but the team theorycrafting has already begun. The latest theory comes courtesy of the film's leading man himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, which posits that Doctor Strange may join the Avengers in the lead-up to the superhero-packed "Avengers: Infinity War" movie.
According to a report from ScreenRant, Cumberbatch confirmed as much at a London press event advertising the United Kingdom release of "Doctor Strange." The quote covers a lot of ground, but it's easy to see where the theory sprung up:
“There’s so much going on in this film [Doctor Strange]. 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. [I] put it on the back-burner that I was playing a superhero… 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.”
Doctor Strange joining up with the Avengers on film would be quite surprising. While the character's comic book incarnation has never shied away from interacting with the team, there's always been a line drawn in the sand. The Avengers have largely met blow with blow, toppling threats that demand brute force to prevail. There is, after all, a reason why Hulk smashes and Tony Stark has a tower full of expensive, deadly robots.
Strange, on the other hand, has largely remained a semi-hermetic force of justice, focusing on supernatural threats and only joining a superhero team, such as the Defenders or the New Avengers, if the situation demands as much.
This is because Strange is the Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, the planet's most powerful magician and first line of defense against magical threats -- this includes everything from elder gods to the denizens of Hell. If Strange is tangled up in the affairs of mere mortals, his job, which has included traveling lightyears away from the Earth to do battle with monstrous titans for eons or thwarting a demon king that feeds on nightmares, becomes noticeably more difficult.
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a completely different beast from the comic books, it would nonetheless raise the eyebrows of diehard fans if Strange were to saddle up with the Avengers and go toe-to-toe with Thanos. If he does, though, look to "Avengers: Infinity War" for the results.
"Doctor Strange" is directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. The film premieres in theaters on November 4, 2016.