When Iron Man first arrived, he became a driving force in the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe that until after his death in the Avengers: Endgame, his legacy continued. However, now that Tony Stark is no longer in the franchise, Kevin Feige recognized Benedict Cumberbatch who plays Doctor Strange as the new key player saying “You’ve become the anchor of the MCU.”
Benedict Cumberbatch recently graced his own Walk of Fame ceremony and a notable person in attendance is none other than the big boss of Marvel, Kevin Feige, and he has something big to say to the actor, as reported by PEOPLE, "It's been quite a journey, I remember our very first meeting... We wanted to pitch him this great character, and before we could he said, 'So tell me about Doctor Strange,' because somewhere you knew what this could be."
Kevin Feige recognized how much Doctor Strange can wield more than just magic, "You've always seen the tremendous potential in this character and because of that, you've become the anchor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the only actor capable of guiding us through the madness of the Multiverse."
Feige also highlighted the legacy that Cumberbatch has on the character, "To us and to millions around the globe, you deserve this honor for being the first, the best, the greatest, and the only Doctor Stephen Strange. Benedict has turned this character into an icon, appearing in a historic three of the top six films of all time."
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially entered the fourth phase of the franchise and with the Infinity Saga wonderfully concluded in Avengers: Endgame, those who are left behind were shown to struggle dealing with its aftermath as seen in the series releases of Marvel such as WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and those who are new are getting their very own introductory films such as Shang-Chi, the Eternals, and Moon Knight who’ll be debuting this month in his own series.
Turnovers are also within the theme of the fourth phase of the MCU with the introduction of Yelena Belova in Black Widow, set before the events involving Thanos, and with the series, Hawkeye, where Kate Bishop made her debut.
More than all those, the concept of the multiverse is being expanded and it is first delved into in the series of Loki and What If…?, both seemingly setting up what is to come once the perpetual timeline gets branches, and Spider-Man: No Way Home has shown what happens when various universes converge together and how big of a fiasco is waiting.
With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness coming up next, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange gets to show why the big boss of Marvel would regard him as the anchor of the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 6, 2022.