Benedict Cumberbatch was appearing as a guest at the JW3 Speaker Series and he dropped the news that he is about to return to the MCU as Doctor Stephen Strange, aka The Sorcerer Supreme. After appearances in two solo movies, Infinity War, Endgame, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Thor: Ragnarok, he will be back.
He was last seen disappearing with Cle (Charlize Theron), to fix an “incursion” he had caused. There is no third Doctor Strange movie on the Marvel slate so far, so this is likely to be a role in another upcoming Marvel project. As he put it:
“…there are some Marvel capers in the making next year…”
Those capers currently underway, in various stages of production, are Captain America: Brave New World, and Deadpool 3. Thunderbolts and Blade are on hold by the writers strike and Fantastic Four is starting next year, if the strikes end.
The first Doctor Strange grossed $232.6 million in the United States and Canada and $445.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $677.8 million. The film became the biggest IMAX opening in November domestically ($12.2 million), internationally ($24 million), and globally ($24.2 million), overtaking Interstellar‘s records. By November 27, 2016, the film had become the biggest single-character introduction film in the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness grossed $411.3 million in the United States and Canada and $544.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $955.8 million. It was the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2022. Forbes estimated the film made a profit of $307 million, while Deadline Hollywood calculated the net profit as $285.7 million, accounting for production budgets, marketing, talent participation, and other costs; box office grosses and home media revenues placed it fourth on their list of 2022’s most valuable blockbusters.
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