During a short interview, EW is reporting that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has dropped some very light hints about the very big role Benedict Cumberbatch and his on-screen persona Stephen Strange will play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the various franchises move through the Phases.
Feige admits that “Doctor Strange plays a very, very important role in the [Marvel] Cinematic Universe going forward.” He then adds that the good Doctor will impact “many upcoming films, including the next Avengers films.”
What Feige is really looking forward to though is the eventual meeting and then collaboration of Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. A meeting he says he’s been looking forward to for a very long time.
We were backstage together at an event, and I don’t know what it was, and it was long before Benedict was officially cast as Doctor Strange — it was something that we were dreaming about at that point. But I remember looking at Robert and Benedict, who of course have both played Sherlock in their highly successful franchises. But I was just sitting there quietly thinking, One day they’re both going to have goatees and be in one of our movies!
While that momentous meeting may not be in Doctor Strange which opens in just 3 weeks (and we say “may not” because you never know what will happen in those mid- and post-credit scenes), it’s likely that we can speculate that getting two egos the size of Stark’s and Strange’s in one frame will be a lot of fun to watch. How might that go? Give us your thoughts in the comments section!