Benedict Cumberbatch has seemingly confirmed Doctor Strange's involvement in the MCU's Avengers 5.

During a career retrospective for Netflix, Cumberbatch reflected on Doctor Strange. He discussed the long road he took to eventually land the role. But he has not looked back since and said that he is excited to get to work on Avengers 5, which will commence filming in 2025.

“I'm very much looking forward to Avengers next year,” he said. “[We're] cooking up a storm.”

This does make sense, Cumberbatch has played a role in the last two MCU Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson are no longer leading the team as Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Widow, respectively. It is only natural that Doctor Strange will now step up to the plate.

What is Avengers 5 about?

The road to Avengers 5 has been tumultuous. It was originally announced as The Kang Dynasty, presumably with Jonathan Majors' Kang as the antagonist. Originally, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton was supposed to direct Avengers 5.

However, he dropped out of the project, and writer Jeff Loveness was replaced by Michael Waldron. Majors was also dropped from the MCU as a whole thanks to his controversies and the movie has been in flux.

The movie is still slated for a May 1, 2026 release date. Aside from Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, it is unclear who else will be in the movie. However, it was recently teased that over 60 characters will return.

After the smash hits that Infinity War and Endgame were, the MCU needs Avengers 5 to be big. The MCU has been struggling as of late at the box office. They hope that Deadpool and Wolverine can turn their luck around.

Who is Benedict Cumberbatch?

Benedict Cumberbatch embracing Jane Campion at the Oscars.
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Benedict Cumberbatch is an award-winning actor known for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in Hawking and Sherlock Holmes. He later won a BAFTA award for his performance in Patrick Melrose.

On the big screen, one of Cumberbatch's breakout performances was in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy. Cumberbatch performed the motion capture and provided the voice of Smaug. Around this time, he also had roles in Star Trek: Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, and Black Mass.

For his performance in The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch received his first Oscar nomination. Seven years later, he would receive another Best Actor nomination for his performance in The Power of the Dog.

In 2016, Cumberbatch starred in the MCU's Doctor Strange in the title role. He reprised it one year later with his cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. He then appeared in Avengers movies Infinity War and Endgame before starring in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Nearly six years after the first Doctor Strange, a sequel was made. Cumberbatch returned and co-starred in Multiverse of Madness with Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. He also voices the character in the animated What If? series.

His other notable recent movies include 1917, The Courier, and The Mauritanian. Cumberbatch also made his debut appearance in a Wes Anderson movie. He led The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, a short film adaptation of Roald Dahl's short story of the same name.