Benedict Cumberbatch has hinted at his return as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in an upcoming movie next year. The actor made the statement during his appearance at the JW3 Speaker Series.
It remains unclear whether Cumberbatch is referring to a standalone Doctor Strange sequel or if he will be appearing in another MCU film like Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, which has recently been delayed.
Cumberbatch initially portrayed the character of Dr. Stephen Strange in the 2016 film Doctor Strange. He later reprised the role in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022).
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, a post-credit scene hinted at a potential future storyline for the character. Charlize Theron’s character, Clea, informs Doctor Strange that he has caused an incursion and they are going to fix it. When Clea asks if he is afraid, Doctor Strange confidently replies, “Not in the least.”
Michael Waldron, the writer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, provided some insights into Strange’s future in an interview with Gizmodo. Waldron mentioned that they wanted to introduce Clea, who is Strange’s significant love interest in the comics. However, they felt that Strange needed to conclude his storyline with Christine Palmer before exploring his romantic connection with Clea. The film teases the possibility of a future relationship between Doctor Strange and Clea.
In summary, Benedict Cumberbatch has hinted at his return as Doctor Strange in an upcoming MCU movie. The details regarding the specific film and storyline are currently unknown. However, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced a potential romantic storyline with Clea, and the film’s writer has indicated that they plan to explore this in the future.