By now, Marvel fans and moviegoers in general are aware that Avengers: Infinity War is not simply going to feature the titular team reuniting to face a new cosmic threat, but also a wide assortment of guest stars and supporting characters from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That assortment potentially includes new characters who haven’t yet appeared anywhere else before. But one question yet to be answered is whether or not any of the characters meeting the Avengers for the first time will end up joining the team themselves.
As it turns out, ahead of his first big-screen solo outing, Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed the name of at least one new Avenger: Himself.
At a London press event for the upcoming UK premiere of Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch found himself “ambushed” by other members of the film’s cast (including Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams) and took questions from the assembled press audience. According an attendee from Screen Rant, when asked whether or not his character of Stephen Strange will become part of the team when he makes his already-announced appearance in Infinity War, the Sherlock star answered in the affirmative:
“He’s gonna be an Avenger”
While the news may sound obligatory to casual fans who’ve first come to know the makeup of the Marvel continuum through the films (where, thus far, almost every earth-bound hero introduced has eventually united with The Avengers) whether or not Doctor Strange would become one himself (as opposed to just helping them) was not cut and dry to longtime fans of the character. While Doctor Strange has been a part of the Marvel Comics Universe for almost as long as the founding members of The Avengers, he’s largely worked on his own (or as part of smaller short-lived teams like The Defenders), dealing with supernatural threats that other superheroes are often not even aware exist.
Left unsaid as to what that means about why Doctor Strange is showing up in Infinity War in the first place. In coventional Marvel mythos, the cosmic and supernatural realms tend to bleed together at a certain point, and The Sorcerer Supreme oftens finds himself contending with entities like Eternity, Infinity, and Death Herself, characters that more typically menace the likes of Thor or the Guardians of The Galaxy. However, Infinity War is expected to spin out of the inter-dimensional events of Thor: Rangarok, so its possible that Strange will be drawn into the conflict that way.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates and impressions on Doctor Strange as they hit.