Fans and critics were divided over Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but there’s no doubt that Marvel Studios has plans for a third movie. And Marvel Cinematic Universe star Benedict Cumberbatch shared his feelings about the inevitable Doctor Strange 3.
What happened at the end of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’?
Following a devastating chase throughout the multiverse in Doctor Strange 2, Stephen resorted to opening up the Darkhold to defeat the corrupted and villainous Scarlet Witch. And knowing what the Book of the Damned did to Wanda, everyone was rightfully worried about Stephen.
He uses the Darkhold to dream-walk on Earth-616, where the Scarlet Witch was trying to steal America Chavez’s power for herself. Stephen and Wong work together to free America, who later transports herself and Wanda to Earth-838 to show her the monster she had become. In the end, Wanda recognizes her wrongdoing and seemingly sacrifices her life to destroy every copy of the Darkhold in the multiverse.
At the end of Doctor Strange 2, Stephen develops a third eye as a result of using the Darkhold. And in a post-credits scene, Clea, played by Charlize Theron, approaches Stephen to confront him about an incursion he caused. Clea urges him to help her fix it, seemingly setting up the events of a possible Doctor Strange 3.
Benedict Cumberbatch is on board for ‘Doctor Strange 3’
While speaking with The New Indian Express, Benedict Cumberbatch answered questions regarding the rumors surrounding a possible Doctor Strange 3 movie.
“I hope [there will be a third Doctor Strange],” the actor revealed. “I would love to do another one. Doctor Strange is such a complex character, and it feels like there is so much more to explore with him. He is such a brilliant character, and I’m still having a wild time playing him.”
As for what he has in mind for Doctor Strange’s next story, Cumberbatch said, “I rather like the idea of him popping up with Bananaman. I was a big Bananaman fan as a kid, and I like the idea of us going there to see what he’s been up to.”
Given the ending of Doctor Strange 2, it’s difficult to imagine Stephen teaming up with Bananaman in Doctor Strange 3. However, anything is possible now that the multiverse is in play.
Writer teases the sorceror’s future in the MCU
During an interview with Marvel.com, Doctor Strange 2 writer Michael Waldron discussed what the future holds for Doctor Strange and Clea.
“We were really excited to introduce Clea,” he explained. “Getting Charlize Theron to play that character, holy crap! In the comics, Clea is Doctor Strange’s great love, so to speak. The alternate Christine Palmer, as she says goodbye to our Doctor Strange, tells him to face his fears, to be willing to love someone else, and to face that fear connecting with someone else. It felt like the perfect time to finally introduce this very pivotal character in Doctor Strange’s canon.”
He added, “Strange went to the multiverse and tampered with it as much as you probably possibly could. I don’t think it’s any surprise per the rules that Reed [Richards] laid out that he caused an incursion. So now there’s an oncoming collision of universes. But what does that mean for the MCU? We’ll find out. But we’ve got a semi-corrupted Doctor Strange and Clea on the case! So it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Perhaps Marvel fans will see Stephen and Clea team up to stop the incursion in Doctor Strange 3. Or maybe the duo will appear in another MCU project soon.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available to stream on Disney+.