Marvel fans have long awaited the cinematic premiere of Doctor Stephen Strange in the MCU. When Kevin Feige afirst announced that the project was on Marvel's development slate, one actor was immediately thought perfect for the role - Benedict Cumberbatch. And Doctor Strange is only the latest in a litany of famous characters Cumberbatch has portrayed. He is also noted for lending his voice to Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, portrayed Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Alan Turing in the Oscar-winning, The Imitation Game. But Cuberbatch's most famous role may be his portrayal of one of the most recognizable names in all of literature and cinema - Sherlock Holmes.
Cumberbatch has played the renowned detective in the BBC series, Sherlock, for three seasons (with a fourth premiering in 2017) and two Christmas specials. His work on the show has been universally praised, and he has been nominated for several awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie, which he won at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Sherlock is a modern day retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous literary creation, and alongside Cumberbatch, stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit trilogy) as Dr. John Watson. Cumberbatch seemed to recently suggest that, much to fans' dismay, that Sherlock season 4 may be the last - though now, Cumberbatch is setting the record straight.
USA Today is reporting that while promoting Doctor Strange, in Hong Kong, Cumberbatch dispelled with the rumors that Sherlock is officially ending after season 4. The actor stated that his previous comments were taken out of context, when he said that season 4 would be the "Last [Sherlock] for now." He added that the whole cast and crew "love doing the show" but that we will have to wait to see the fourth season to realize why the series "will not happen again in the same regularity...as it has been happening." Of course, Cumberbatch was quick to add, "never say never," and "when it's right, and if it's right, we'll do more."
Certainly, for fans of Sherlock, it is good news that things will be left open for future series, should the people behind the show have the time. Of course, that is no guarantee, with both Freeman and Cumberbatch being extremely busy. On top of Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch will be returning for Avengers: Infinity War (and likely its sequel), while he is also tapped to appear in Andy Serkis' Jungle Book. Freeman is no less busy, and may have his MCU responsibilities of his own, as we very well could see him reprise his role as Everett Ross in Black Panther.
Regardless of the actors' schedules, before we can even think about Sherlock season 5, we have to, as Cumberbatch reminds us, wait to see the fourth, which is set to explore whatever nefarious plot Moriarty may have set in motion before his death (if he even died). Last we saw Sherlock Holmes, he was hallucinating on a plane out of England that he was in the Victorian Era. Though he woke up with some unspoken revelations about Moriarty's (or whoever's) plot, little is known regarding the ultimate evil plan. The season 4 titles may give us some clues as to the plot, but what is known for sure is Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger) will be playing one evil villain. And while this may not be the last season of Sherlock for sure, we should all enjoy it, because it may be awhile before we see more.
Sherlock season 4 will air in 2017 on BBC One and PBS.
Source: USA Today