Either he was given the all clear by the studios, or 40-year old British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has some serious explaining to do. The Express reports that the man who brought Sherlock Holmes back to life on the small screen will team up with Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America (perhaps), Thor and the rest of the gang in Avengers: Infinity War.
A Marvel production set to hit screens in 2018.
Speaking with Empire, Cumberbatch said the biggest issue was the “logistical challenge of aligning his schedule with those of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.”
2016 Film Acting As An Introduction
Opening up to the media about the enveloping nature of his character within the framework of the franchise, The Imitation Game star explained the strategy behind his stand-alone movie. Doctor Strange is expected to free up some time for the rest of the cast before they finally join forces in a couple of years time.
“To get us all together will be quite something," Cumberbatch said. "That’s why this character is being introduced, to open up the next chapter. So watch this space to see how that unfolds.”
The November 4 release is already hotly anticipated. But now millions of fans will be sticking around for the end credits to see if this little piece of information will bear fruit.
Strong Supporting Cast To Help Establish Strange
As we reported earlier this month, the Doctor Strange featurette gave an insight into the star power on show for the new Marvel installment. Giving the likes of Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One) and the delightfully evil Danish mad man Mads Mikkelsen (Kaecilius) the supporting roles to allow Cumberbatch a chance to make the character a beloved player in the Marvel game. Whilst Swinton's role caused some controversy and outrage, the talent and experience is on hand to make the 2016 release a smash hit both commercially and critically.
Producer Kevin Feige got in early on the spoilers and what to expect from Strange. He described the comic book genius as "arrogant, brilliant, (and) sort of extraordinary." Fingers crossed they can make that a reality when he makes his debut on the big screen next month.