Benedict Cumberbatch is set to make his return as Doctor Strange in Avengers: Endgame, and here's everything we know about his role so far. After making his debut as the future Sorcerer Supreme in a 2016 Doctor Strange solo film, Cumberbatch has quickly become a recurring hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This will continue later this year when he is brought back for his fourth MCU appearance.
His solo movie largely focused on setting up the magical side of the shared universe. The introduction of magic also expanded what the MCU had previously set up, as Doctor Strange revealed the Time Stone was housed in the Eye of Agomotto. Strange masters the power over the course of his studies and proves his ability by trapping Dormammu in a time loop. He continued to become more proficient as a wizard and briefly showcased this in Thor: Ragnarok, but we arguably saw the best use of Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War last year.
Strange proved to be as important of a player in how Infinity War played out as anyone. His journey is heavily tied to his facial hair bro Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), but they rarely saw eye-to-eye on anything. This was true even when it meant Strange going against his previous word and gifting the Time Stone to Thanos (Josh Brolin) in order to spare Tony's life. This decision came at a cost, with Thanos not too long after snapping away half of the universe's population. This included Strange and gives him quite a fascinating role to play in Avengers: Endgame.
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Endgame Is Doctor Strange's Plan
Before Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy battle Thanos on his original home planet of Titan, Strange uses his magical powers to try and gain an advantage. He explains to the crew on Titan,"I went forward in time to view alternate futures, to see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict." He is prompted by Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) to reveal how many possible futures he saw, confirming he's witnessed 14,000,605 outcomes - but the heroes only beat Thanos in one of Doctor Strange's futures. This is important to keep in mind, as Infinity War ends with Strange telling a confused Tony, "We're in the endgame now," and then further telling him, "There was no other way," right as Strange fades to dust himself.
His dialogue directly sets up the title for Avengers: Endgame and hints that we are in the only future where the Avengers are able to properly defeat Thanos. So, even though the first Avengers: Endgame trailer showed Tony and Nebula (Karen Gillan) stranded in space, the Earth-based Avengers in tears, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as Ronin, and Thanos currently happy on Titan-2, this all leads to a path of victory... somehow. The prevailing theory is that this will come through time travel, but whatever it is, the timing of Strange giving up the Time Stone and everything else that happens afterwards is the direct result of Strange's knowledge of the future and plan.
Doctor Strange Will Be Resurrected In Avengers: Endgame
Surely part of his plan involves himself and all the other people in the MCU that are currently dead being brought back to life. It is not clear how Marvel Studios and the surviving heroes will attempt to pull this off, but there's no doubt that it will happen in some form. The Russo Brothers previously confirmed to Screen Rant that there aren't any alternate realities in the MCU, so Avengers: Endgame will likely see the heroes reverse Thanos' snap (aka the Decimation) entirely or reveal that they aren't even dead at all. One popular theory suggests the snap victims are trapped inside the Soul Stone or some other realm for the time being, and it is simply going to be up to the reformed Avengers to figure out how to get them out. When they do, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and many other future faces of the MCU will join Strange in being alive once again.
Although we know that he will be brought back, it's not yet clear when that will happen in Avengers: Endgame. It's unlikely that the dead heroes will return in the first act of the film, but Strange could begin to pop back up through time travel once that plot thread begins to be explored. If the Avengers are traveling time and space to gather their own Infinity Stones, they may very well cross paths with Strange in order to get the Time Stone for themselves. There's also the possibility that, if the snap victims are in a different realm, that Endgame could show them attempting to get out on their own and use these characters that way. That said, the most likely option is that Strange and the other heroes will truly make their returns near the end of Endgame. This could be for one giant MCU fight or maybe even as a goodbye to some of the original members. Either way, Strange is making a comeback in Avengers: Endgame.
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