The star of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness addresses fan theories regarding the MCU hero’s involvement with Marvel’s Illuminati.
Benedict Cumberbatch recently commented on whether or not audiences will see the Marvel Comics supergroup known as the Illuminati in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
On the red carpet for the SAG Awards, Cumberbatch was asked by Entertainment Tonight about the Doctor Strange sequel and claims by “conspiracy theorists” that the mystical Avenger may either be evil or become a member of the Illuminati, a collection of Marvel’s greatest minds. “Maybe,” the actor answered. “Who knows? Who knows?” Then, after a deadpan look to the camera, he added teasingly, “I do. I know.”
The actor was able to avoid spoilery questions for Spider-Man: No Way Home as he was otherwise indisposed. “It’s weird, I kind of escaped it with Spider-Manbecause we were doing reshoots for strange, I couldn’t do the tour,” he explained. He also expressed his sympathy for Tom Holland, Zendaya and others who had to “just sort of deny everything.”
Finishing up the interview, Cumberbatch began playing his own part in the vaunted Marvel secrecy surrounding the studio’s Cinematic Universe projects. “So I’m going to start doing that same game again now,” he said. “Listen, I will tell you this, it is, it’s a feast. It’s a [director] Sam Raimi special, and it’s got everything it says in the title and a lot more besides so, you know.”
The reshoots Cumberbatch alluded to have been described as significant, leading to widespread theorizing about what, or more importantly who, might be in them. Notably, when a trailer dropped during Super Bowl LVI, fans noticed that Patrick Stewart’s voice could be heard within it. The actor known for portraying Professor X in the X-Men film series from 20th Century Fox played coy about it until recently confirming it was indeed him. “I actually didn’t recognize my own voice, it sounded different,” Stewart said when asked about the reaction to the trailer.
With Professor X all but confirmed, the theories about an appearance from the Illuminati become more plausible. The supergroup’s original roster consisted of Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Professor X, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic and Namor. (Black Panther was initially involved as well, though ultimately declined to participate further.) This secret cabal would meet to discuss and plan important events on Earth and in the Universe at large.
Audiences will get to find out if the theories are true when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters on May 6.
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