It is going to be a very weird year for Marvel Cinematic Universe actors to discuss their future. At least that will be the case for most of them, as they faded away at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. No one expects them to be gone forever, though, so there has to be a little wiggle room when talking to the press.
Benedict Cumberbatch navigated an inquiry about Doctor Strange’s future, as best he could anyway, while speaking with Deadline about his Showtime miniseries Patrick Melrose. Cumberbatch is up for more adventures to turn his Master of the Mystic Arts into the Sorcerer Supreme. He just needs someone else to put Strange back together first.
“Oh, Strange? Just try to stop me. That’s all kind of lined up as far as I’m aware, but who knows? I mean, you know, the problem is, how does he get out of where he’s at. But that’s the only thing. I’m bits of dust at the moment as far as I understand. So you really have to ask (Marvel Studios president) Kevin Feige. But as far as wanting to do it, yeah, I would love to go back into that role.”
Doctor Strange should be back by the time credits start rolling on Avengers 4. The character could have a very ubiquitous future in the MCU, as the comic book iteration is famous for popping up in the stories of other characters at any given time. The movie iteration has already appeared in Thor: Ragnarok.
A sequel to Strange’s own solo film is also expected after it earned $677.7M in 2016. If Dr. Stephen Strange does not make it out of Avengers 4 and return for a sequel, even he would have to tell you that it was the only way to beat Thanos. Don’t worry, though, as he’ll (almost) surely be back.