Since the day Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released, fans have been speculating as to what the Stephen Strange name drop meant for the MCU’s timeline.
For those who might not remember, rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell cited Strange as being a potential threat to Hydra based on Zola’s algorithm. The algorithm would highlight people across the globe that could potentially become a problem for Hydra, and Strange’s name was among the few that Sitwell could easily recall.
This caused confusion for fans, as the superhero Doctor Strange had yet to make an appearance in the MCU, much less become the Sorcerer Supreme, so why was he such a threat to one of the most powerful organizations in Marvel history?
Que Producer and Marvel executive Kevin Feige with an answer that makes it all clear:
He is very well-known as a surgeon. He has got various awards and plaques you’re going to see over there; he attends various galas, might be driving at one point in this movie. He has name recognition and a talent and certain Hydra computers identified him as somebody that could cause trouble for their agendas.
That explains it! Rather than this year’s Doctor Strange taking place at some point in the past, the studio has made it clear that Stephen was a famous surgeon, and seemed to be a popular one… sort of like a more glamorous Ben Carson.
With that mess cleared up by one fell swoop of the hand of Feige, we can now enjoy Doctor Strange this November question-free.
Doctor Strange will be released on November 4th, and will star Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Mads Mikkelson (Kaecilius), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Karl Mordo), and Benedict Wong (Wong).