The buzz has been very good on Marvel Studios latest movie Doctor Strange so far. Even though the character's first movie hasn't even been released in North America yet, a lot of the conversation surrounding the Sorcerer Supreme has involved the upcoming Infinity War. We know that Doctor Strange will be in that movie, but we now also know he will play a crucial role in it.
Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson recently spoke with Yahoo Movies in honor of Doctor Strange rolling out in theaters. During the course of the chat, it was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will be responsible for reuniting Captain America, Iron Man and the other Avengers following the events of Captain America: Civil War. Here is what Benedict Cumberbatch had to say about it.
"I think [Doctor Strange] has to be Team Doctor Strange. 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."
As has been teased by the trailers, Doctor Strange fights against threats that The Avengers aren't even aware of. In the comics, Doctor Strange tends to sort of lean towards whatever is best for the Earth and other dimensions. Big picture stuff. He has little interest in taking part in various squabbles between other heroes. In the Civil War comics, he refused to take a side on the matter but on the opposite side of things, he has a massive part in the universe threatening Infinity Gauntlet storyline, which Avengers: Infinity War will be taking cues from. Scott Derrickson elaborated on the idea a bit.
"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 can protect the world from."
Doctor Strange hasn't landed in the U.S. yet, though it is playing in the U.K. already. It has been received highly positive by critics thus far, as the movie currently has a nearly perfect 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is continuing the trend of Marvel Studios' movies generally considered to be of top notch quality. We will still have to see if the movie can continue the tradition of box office success, but it seems likely that it will at the moment. Box office tracking is pointing to a debut as high as $75 million, which would very likely give it the top spot next weekend.
Similar to movies like Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy before it, Doctor Strange will be a very different type of movie for Marvel. It will be a massive visual spectacle and it will be introducing the concept of straight up magic into the MCU. The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Mads Mikkelsen. Doctor Strange comes out in the U.S. on November 4, 2017, with Avengers: Infinity War set to drop on May 4, 2018.