We already know that Benedict Cumberbatch will be appearing as Doctor Strange again in “Avengers: Infinity War“, with his co-star Benedict Wong set to join him.
Although the Sorcerer Supreme’s role in the highly-anticipated movie remains to be seen, it’s quickly becoming evident that he will play a part in mending the fractured relationship between Captain America and Iron Man.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, Cumberbatch was asked to pick a side: Team Cap or Team Iron Man. Ever since Stephen Strange became a key figure in the world of magic, he’s in a unique position to intervene when 2 opposing superheroes are clashing over ideological differences.
Instead of picking sides, the 40-year-old actor believes that Doctor Strange is most suited in reuniting Steve Rogers and Tony Stark as well as the other Avengers, following the events from “Captain America: Civil War“.
“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,” said Cumberbatch.
Director Scott Derickson also chimed in on Doctor Strange’s position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, saying, “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.”
As Jason Berman points out, when Thanos intends to obliterate Earth, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark will have no choice but to reconcile. That means Team Cap, Team Iron Man, and Team Doctor Strange will have to join forces to stand a chance against The Mad Titan.
Still, we’re intrigued as how Strange intends to “help them both, rather than take sides”. Many fans have speculated that the Guardians of the Galaxy team will be the ones to warn Earth’s Mightiest Heroes about Thanos’ arrival. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we?