It's no secret that Doctor Strange has a huge part to play in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As one of the most powerful heroes in the MCU, Stephen Strange has the responsibility to protect the world from any threats. But does this mean the Sorcerer Supreme is the new official leader of the Avengers? Benedict Cumberbatch had an interesting reaction when asked about his character's leadership role.
Doctor Strange is the character who has the most connections in the new MCU films. Although he didn't appear in Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings, his headquarters was featured in the mid-credits scene as what seems to be the new Avengers base in New York. In addition to that, Strange is Peter Parker's new mentor in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
So does this mean Doctor Strange is leading the Avengers after Tony Stark's death and Captain America's retirement? Cumberbatch considered the possibility and offered a cryptic response, as expected in any MCU star these days.
"I'd have to think about that one," Cumberbatch told Variety.
We're not surprised that the Spider-Man 3 star gave such a vague answer. After all, Marvel is strict when it comes to sharing details about its upcoming projects. Fans believe that Cumberbatch is playing coy about his character's role in the MCU but we might learn the truth before the end of the year.
Cumberbatch will appear alongside Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which premieres on December 17, 2021. He will then star in the Sorcerer Supreme's second solo film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which is scheduled for release on March 25, 2021.