What's the square root of Infinity War? I don't know, I'm not a freakin' mathematician, but one thing I do know is that Marvel's third Avengers movie will feature at least one extra Avenger in the shape of a certain Sorcerer Supreme.
Speaking to ScreenRant this week, Benedict Cumberbatch "accidentally" let slip that Stephen Strange will fight alongside the Avengers in Infinity War:
"There’s so much going on in [Doctor Strange]. There’s such a great story arc, there are so many great challenges for me, as an actor, in every department, from wirework to kung fu to great dialogue scenes with the most incredible cast and great characters ... At the premiere, which was the first time I’d seen the film, and – I won’t spoil it for you – but there’s a moment near the end where I thought, ‘Oh yeah, that’s it, he’s a superhero, he’s going to be an Avenger,’ so that’s really cool."
Kevin Feige has previously spoken at length about how Doctor Strange is not just an origin story, but effectively a standalone movie with almost zero connections to (or at least impact on) the wider MCU. The revelation, though, that the surgeon-turned-master of all things mystical will join forces with Iron Man et al. does strongly imply that either Doctor Strange or (perhaps more likely) the first act of Infinity War will do something to officially align the good doc with the Avengers as the threat of Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet looms.
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More than just a random addition to the team or strength in numbers, there seems to be a strong chance that Doctor Strange's glowing green amulet, the Eye of Agamotto, is either the Soul Stone or, alternatively, the Time Stone. Being in possession of what could be the one Infinity Stone to prevent Thanos completing his Gauntlet would make Doctor Strange an almost priceless asset for the world's protectors — not to mention a significant target for Thanos.
Presumably, with the Avengers still fractured into Iron Man's government-sanctioned team and the band of fugitives lead by Captain America, Doctor Strange would join forces with the legit heroes. Seeing the Sorcerer Supreme work with Iron Man would be pretty thrilling considering their origin stories (and personalities) are so similar — two privileged men with significant egos. That could be a recipe for disaster, or the birth of the best bromance since, uhh, Cap and Bucky.
Either way, the orbs seem to be aligning for Dr. Stephen Strange to become an integral part of the MCU by the time Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
How will Doctor Strange be recruited to join the Avengers?