Benedict Cumberbatch will make his first appearance as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in November's Doctor Strange, but Doctor Strange's appointment book already seems to be filling up.
Rumors have already been circulating suggesting that Doctor Strange will make an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. That would be Doctor Strange's first Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover appearance. Cumberbatch seemingly just confirmed his second.
Speaking Empire Magazine about Doctor Strange's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cumberbatch noted the "logistical challenge of aligning his schedule with those of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany".
Downey, Evans, Olsen, and Bettany are, of course, the actors who respectively play Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, and Vision of the Avengers. The next film on Marvel's schedule that it would make sense for all four of those characters to appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
"To get us all together will be quite something," Cumberbatch continued. "That's why this character is being introduced, to open up the next chapter. So watch this space to see how that unfolds."
It isn't surprising for Doctor Strange to show up in Avengers: Infinity Stone. Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto is one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos has been questing after. If Avengers: Infinity War is supposed to be the film that begins bringing that story to its climax, then it makes sense for Doctor Strange to find himself caught up in it.
From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson, from a screenplay he wrote with C. Robert Cargill. Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters in North America on Nov. 4, 2016.