Benedict Cumberbatch has teased a return as Stephen Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In 2016, the British actor joined the MCU by playing the character Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange. He would return in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: No Way Home before a straight sequel to his first movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Though there has been no confirmation that the character will return in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, it seems like Cumberbatch will be involved in some capacity.
Speaking during the JW3 Speaker Series, he teased: “There are some Marvel capers in the making next year."
In the post-credits scene for Multiverse of Madness, fans were introduced to the character of Clea, portrayed by Charlize Theron. In the comic books, she is a love interest and ally of Strange's.
Michael Waldron, who wrote the movie, believes it was important for the MCU to introduce Clea so that Strange could move on from his previous love, Christine Palmer.
“We knew that we wanted to introduce Clea," he told Gizmodo.
"She’s Strange’s great love in the comics and it was felt to me like Strange wasn’t at the point at the start of our movie where he was ready to meet the love of his life.
"It felt like we had to close the loop with he and Christine Palmer. And so after she gives him her wisdom to not be afraid of loving someone, then it felt like we were right to tease what could be eventually with he and Clea.”
Strange not Cumberbatch's biggest role
Though Cumberbatch was a known actor before his comic book role, his movies in the MCU are by far the most commercially successful of his career.
Still, he believes Sherlock has a more wide-ranging fanbase.
“As far as being a bigger pond than Sherlock… I don’t think it is," he said in an interview with The Talks.
"I think Sherlock for me has had a bigger reach than something like Doctor Strange because it’s television; it’s more democratic, more people have seen it. The reach that program has had is extraordinary.
"It was a sort of stink bomb that I knew was going to go the minute I said yes to doing the role. But I didn’t know just how big it would be — it surprised all of us who made it."
Sherlock ran between 2010 and 2017, with 13 episodes and one special episode being released. It is a modernised take on the character of Sherlock Holmes and has been the recipient of numerous awards such as BAFTAS, Emmys and Golden Globes.