Benedict Cumberbatch is set to reprise the role of Doctor Strange sooner than anticipated.
It has been confirmed by Disney’s official fan club page that the Sorcerer Supreme will appear in this fall’s Thor: Ragnarok alongside Thor himself (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). The website’s official synopsis for the film reads, “Thor: Ragnarok in November brings together Thor, Hulk, and Doctor Strange to face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.”
The 40-year-old Brit was rumored to be involved in the Marvel film after a series of set photos appeared online. The images, courtesy of director Taika Waititi, depict Chris and fellow actor Tom Hiddleston in New York. According to The Independent, Chris is featured “holding a slip of paper embossed with the address of Cumberbatch’s alter ego [Stephen] Strange.”
For those who’ve seen the highly successful Doctor Strange, this development shouldn’t come as a total shock. The film’s end credits show Thor interacting with Doctor Strange in the Sanctum Sanctorum, where the surgeon vows to help the Norse god locate Loki (Hiddleston).
At this point, it remains unclear how the pair plan to do that. But all will be revealed when Thor: Ragnarok tears into theaters Nov. 3, 2017.
In addition to Benedict, Chris, Tom and Mark, the third film in the Thor series will feature a stellar supporting cast including Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba and Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Anthony Hopkins.
What do you make of Doctor Strange’s attachment to Thor: Ragnarok? Are you excited to see the two superheros join forces? Let us know! ~Matthew Pariselli