DOCTOR STRANGE Star Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms He Starts Shooting New AVENGERS Movie Next Year

DOCTOR STRANGE Star Benedict Cumberbatch Confirms He Starts Shooting New AVENGERS Movie Next Year

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Benedict Cumberbatch has reflected on his role as the MCU's Sorcerer Supreme and confirms he'll begin shooting Avengers 5 in 2025. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jun 21, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Avengers

Benedict Cumberbatch first played the Sorcerer Supreme in 2016's Doctor Strange and almost immediately made his presence felt in the wider MCU. 

It started with a cameo in Thor: Ragnarok before the hero showed up as a key player in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. From there, Strange - who was replaced by Wong as Sorcerer Supreme during the Blip - took centre stage in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The Sam Raimi-helmed sequel featured a multitude of Strange Variants, as has Disney+'s What If...? However, it was in the movie's closing moments that the hero met Dormammu's daughter Clea and was enlisted to help stop an Incursion he'd supposedly caused. 

We haven't seen Strange since, but in a new interview looking back at his career, Cumberbatch confirmed he'll shoot a new Avengers movie in 2025.

"This is Doctor Strange," the British actor started. "He's a Marvel character and, well, I'll be really honest about it, the joy of playing him is immense. But also the joy of playing him means I can help create and platform stories and writing and less commercial fare into being. He's a gift in many, many ways in my life as a producer, as an actor."

"I love playing him. He's great fun. I'm very much looking forward to Avengers next year which is cooking up a storm," Cumberbatch teased.

Not only does this suggest Strange will be a major part of Avengers 5 but it likely confirms Doctor Strange 3 will not be released before the next time Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble. 

We know Disney is eager for Marvel Studios to move away from threequels, so Strange's story continuing in the Avengers movies might be an alternative to greenlighting a third movie revolving around him and Clea. It's still possible that will also go into production in 2025, of course, with it dropping between Avengers 5 and Avengers: Secret Wars

We'll have to wait and see, but it's exciting to know Strange's MCU return is somewhere on the horizon. Michael Waldron is writing Avengers 5 and its sequel, and as he penned Multiverse of Madness, it makes sense for him to throw Stephen into the mix. 

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Itwasme - 6/21/2024, 12:06 PM
Interesting. But given it's scale is this going to be a 2 year filming, reshooting, and post timeline?
braunermegda - 6/21/2024, 12:13 PM
@Itwasme - if that means it'll be good, what's the issue?
Itwasme - 6/21/2024, 12:25 PM
@braunermegda - not at saying it's an issue. Just curious on actual release date.
TheVisionary25 - 6/21/2024, 12:27 PM
@Itwasme - if the rumor about it being comparatively smaller scale is true to Secret Wars , I think the turnaround time could work even if it does feel a bit close depending when next year they shoot.
AllsGood - 6/21/2024, 12:30 PM
@Itwasme - But Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige already confirmed Avengers 5 will be Released in 2026 and Avengers 6 2027.

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Itwasme - 6/21/2024, 12:36 PM
@AllsGood - was also wondering if they are shooting simultaneously then - or back to back at least. I haven't fully kept up with the details.
LSHF - 6/21/2024, 12:08 PM
Well, since the last time we saw him he was running off somewhere with Charlize Theron's character, I'm hoping she is also in the Avengers film.
TheVisionary25 - 6/21/2024, 12:14 PM
@LSHF - I would assume so and hope too since I like Theron for the role and think they could have good chemistry.

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Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 1:26 PM
@LSHF - Well, they were off to do something incursion related and likely something incursion related in Avengers 5 so I'd say combined with this article that should be a given now that both will be in it. As to if they count as being part of the Avengers team or not is less clear however but that's being a tad nitpicky on what is FULL membership and what is associated characters onlike (like for instance the bulk of those that turned up in Endgame but also ones from the comics like the original Mar Vell that never became a full member).
RolandD - 6/21/2024, 2:38 PM
@LSHF - I would run off with Charlize Theron if I could, too.
LSHF - 6/25/2024, 11:20 AM
@TheVisionary25 - Agreed.

Thanks for the. gif.
LSHF - 6/25/2024, 11:25 AM
@Apophis71 - That makes 100% sense and, yes I'd just be happy to see them working with each, (to some degree), whether an official Avenger or not.

Thank you.
LSHF - 6/25/2024, 11:28 AM
@RolandD - I wouldn't even ask why, or what the mission is; I'd be like, "Okay."

Is that messed up, or what?
RolandD - 6/25/2024, 2:10 PM
@LSHF - If it’s messed up, I guess I am too.
DarthOmega - 6/21/2024, 12:09 PM
I like how they used Vato Strange for the thumbnail lol
Origame - 6/21/2024, 12:11 PM
@DarthOmega - hey listen. That strange was gonna kill America Chavez. That makes him 1000x better than our strange.
Origame - 6/21/2024, 12:10 PM
Yes, the upcoming avengers movie. The mcu has done such a good job setting it up by...not even making it clear who this new team even is.
Malatrova15 - 6/21/2024, 12:12 PM
@Origame - the whole film is Kang doing some Kang things warching some Spike Lee joints
BlackStar25 - 6/21/2024, 12:15 PM
@Origame - Wouldn't be the first time they did that.
Malatrova15 - 6/21/2024, 12:11 PM
He no kang
Vigor - 6/21/2024, 12:30 PM
@Malatrova15 - kang is on his redemption tour
Malatrova15 - 6/21/2024, 2:29 PM
@Vigor - is jonathan majors the real democrat candidate? We are about to find out blud
RegularPoochie - 6/23/2024, 2:05 PM
@Malatrova15 - demonrat. Fixed for you
Malatrova15 - 6/23/2024, 2:25 PM
@RegularPoochie - dont insult democracy
RegularPoochie - 6/23/2024, 3:29 PM
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Malatrova15 - 6/23/2024, 7:15 PM
@RegularPoochie - it is this JOSH LAND
RegularPoochie - 6/23/2024, 9:59 PM
@Malatrova15 - here here
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Malatrova15 - 6/23/2024, 10:06 PM
@RegularPoochie - hold on im coming
Rosraf - 6/21/2024, 12:11 PM
At this point, MCU doesn't really need solo movies. The characters are out there, the world is established. Maybe just make less, but more successful assemble and team-up movies.
Izaizaiza - 6/21/2024, 12:17 PM
@Rosraf - Honestly, I would prefer just the opposite. Give the huge event films a break for a while and make smaller, more story driven stuff. Quality over explosions. Joe Fixit over WWH.

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ThreadIsFemale - 6/21/2024, 12:31 PM
@Izaizaiza - this. More Quantumania, less No way home.
Izaizaiza - 6/21/2024, 12:34 PM
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Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 1:36 PM
@Rosraf - Outside of other teams still tend to feel they should have had an Avenger film for the end of every phase, but tend to feel FULL crossovers like Avengers should only be once per phase or at least no more than one every other year to keep them as major events not just the norm. That isn't to say exclude having an also starring/supporting hero in the solo films, but we also haven't had that many solo films that didn't have also starring/supporting hero added to them so, can see all sides on this one.

The WAY more important point is, whatever they go with, make sure they are all good to great films, don't want more average or subpar films.
Rosraf - 6/21/2024, 2:31 PM
@Izaizaiza - I would have said the same two-three years ago. But we've seen watered down quality with too many projects and c-list characters. Even the CGI has taken a nosedive. I would rather see fewer movies that just go for spectacle/event status. Smaller stories can be animated and released on streaming.
Izaizaiza - 6/21/2024, 12:13 PM
Hope it is good! The conclusion of the Infinity Stone Saga, and the loss of some key characters (Tony, Steve, T'Challa, Black Widow) coinciding with COVID hitting really took the steam out of the MCU. Although I think Marvel definitely spread themselves too thin with the Disney+ shows, they also did something that people had been calling for for a long time: Break the mold and try new things. Some definitely hit better than others, but in the long run, I think the MCU will be better for the experimentation. I'm optimistic about what's coming next. Fingers crossed!

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