Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was a huge success in his first solo film and now he is being further introduced into the Marvel world. Disney Pictures confirmed that Doctor Strange character will appear in Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Disney’s official fan club D23 previewed the Taika Waititi film in its 2017 update this weekend with the following description: “Thor: Ragnarok in November brings together Thor, the Hulk, and Doctor Strange to face off against intergalactic baddies both familiar and new.”
How large a role Strange will play in the film isn’t clear. The post-credits scene of “Doctor Strange” tied in with Thor which makes this not unexpected. Apparently with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in tow, Thor goes to the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York to request assistance from Doctor Strange. Following the events of Thor: The Dark World, Anthony Hopkins’ Odin has gone missing, and the God of Thunder has dragged his adopted brother to Earth in order to try and find their father. Doctor Strange asks if finding Odin would mean removing Loki from Earth, and when the response is affirmative, he agrees to help.
Thor: Ragnarok will feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as the God of Thunder himself, with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Sir Anthony Hopkins again portraying Odin. Cate Blanchett plays the mysterious and powerful new villain Hela, Jeff Goldblum stars as the eccentric Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson will bring the classic hero Valkyrie to life on the big screen, and Karl Urban will add his might to the fray as Skurge.
Kevin Feige will produce the film, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Brad Winderbaum, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee. The screenplay hails from Stephany Folsom, Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson and Christopher Yost. Current plans call for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Phase Three” chapter to shoot until October, although production could feasibly continue through the end of the year.
Thor: Ragnarok will smash its way into theaters on November 3, 2017.
How big a role do you expect Doctor Strange will have in Thor: Ragnarok? Are you excited for the next Thor film with The Hulk? Which storyline do you hope influences the film from the comics? Sound off below in the comments section.