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Kevin Feige Talks Importance of Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Marvel is aiming to bring another major slate of movies to theaters in 2022. Building off of the momentum brought in by Shang-Chi, Spider-Man No Way Home and others, plus the Disney+ series, they’re wanting this year to be one of the best yet. And that especially goes for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where things might be getting very strange indeed.

But what might surprise some fans is that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has a very high opinion of not just Strange himself, but the actor who plays him in Benedict Cumberbatch:

“Benedict has turned this character into an icon, appearing in a historic three of the top six films of all time. It’s been quite a journey. I remember our very first meeting was set up as a general, and we wanted to pitch him this great character, and before we could, he said ‘So tell me about Doctor Strange,’ because you knew,” Feige said during the actor’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony (via The Direct).

He added, “Because somewhere you knew what this could be and you’ve always seen the tremendous potential in this character. Because of that, you’ve become the anchor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the only actor capable of guiding us through the madness of the Multiverse.”

Indeed, both fans and those behind the movies knew that Cumberbatch was the only one who could play Doctor Stephen Strange in any good measure. And while it may have taken 6 years to get his sequel film, it may be better that it happened that way due to the “anchor role” that Strange will now fill.

Of course, that also seems to mean that we can expect a lot more from Strange in the future, but we’ll have to see how Multiverse of Madness goes before speculating on that.