Doctor Strange is currently enjoying some pretty impressive pre-release buzz, with overwhelmingly positive early reviews lifting Marvel Studios’ latest film to a ridiculously high 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 50 critical reviews). Even if the film somehow bombs at the box office, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme is still going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the long haul, with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson already teasing plans for a sequel and Cumberbatch confirming recently that he will reprise the role in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

Naturally, many fans have been wondering what Strange’s role will be in the fight against the Mad Titan Thanos in Infinity War. As one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe, it’s clear that Strange will be one of the Avenger’s heavy-hitters going forward. However, with the Avengers team currently scattered and divided following the events of Captain America: Civil War, there isn’t really a team for Strange to ingratiate himself in at present. Fortunately, Benedict Cumberbatch believes that his character will be integral to getting the band back together.

Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Cumberbatch was asked whether Strange would be Team Cap or Team Iron Man in the early stages of Infinity War, to which he responded by clarifying that Strange is above all that nonsense and has bigger responsibilities to deal with:

“I think [Doctor Strange] has to be Team Doctor Strange. His job title is defender of the fabric of reality. I mean, he fights other dimensional threats that are beyond the perceptions of that very potent squabble [between Cap and Iron Man], and I’d like to think he’s going to help them both, rather than take sides.”

Scott Derrickson also weighed in on the matter, elaborating on why Strange doesn’t pick sides:

“It’s part of what I liked about him in the comics. Part of what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange is that he stands in a lonely position. He is the gatekeeper between our world and other dimensions, so he doesn’t really stand on anyone’s side other than the side of protecting our world from the malevolent threats that only he [can] protect the world from.”

With Infinity War set to up the ante considerably by introducing a universal threat that not only threatens Earth, but the universe itself, it makes sense that the push the Avengers need to set aside their differences would come from man who can see far beyond the scope of reality. It will be interesting to see how the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers take to having Doctor Strange around. Something tells us at least a few of them are going to have a hard time taking orders/advice from a dimension-hopping space wizard.

(Source: Yahoo! Movies)