Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Iluminati Might Appear in Doctor Strange 2016

Since Doctor Strange is coming out soon, the actor has been doing quite a few interviews in order to promote the movie. An interview he did during a set visit was released, and he may have revealed that the secret Marvel super team the Illuminati could be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Screenrant released a pretty in-depth interview with Benedict Cumberbatch from the set of Doctor Strange. During the interview, Benedict Cumberbatch reveals the actor has done his homework and is knowledgeable about the Marvel Comics which saw various Marvel characters band together forming the evil cabal.
"I think playing any iconic role when you're stepping into big shoes, into the shadow of people who have come before you and you can't process that in a movie to movie basis ... I'm excited to see where the Illuminati and whatever else might happen, how that works, and where it ends up. So, yeah, I'm aware of his place within the comic pantheon of it all, the Marvelverse, but I don't email Kevin saying, "When are we doing next film?" I'm excited to see. I'm excited to see. And as you know, from all these previous incarnations, they play out in unexpected ways from the comic format and journey, so they manage to both fulfill that magical space of doing things that seem to please diehard fans and bring something new as well. So, I guess that'll be the centerpiece for this guy's journey."

The article notes Marvel's Illuminati is not yet confirmed for the MCU, but it does mention a Doctor Strange 2 is almost a certainty, as the first movie is planting seeds for the future of the MCU.

It's also said that Benedict Cumberbatch hasn't confirmed a Doctor Strange 2 or the Illuminati with Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, so we'll have to take this as purely speculation from Cumberbatch.
Formed by Tony Stark in response to the events of the Kree-Skrull War, the Illuminati was originally intended to be a government of superheroes, but dissension about the group's methods led to them merely agreeing to meet secretly to exchange information every once in a while. They once held ownership of all six Infinity Gems, each member holding one to hide and keep safe after they were unable to remove them from existence altogether.

But despite the best intentions of the group, they often ended up making things worse. They inadvertently assist the Skrulls with the information the aliens needed to launch a counterattack upon Earth, leading to the events of Secret Invasion. They're also responsible for the events of Planet Hulk (which is getting a minor adaption in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) and the subsequent World War Hulk, as they secretly made the decision to launch Hulk into space in order to protect the Earth from his violent outbursts.

"Doctor Strange" has a November 4, 2016 release directed by Scott Derrickson also starring Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins.


From Marvel Studios comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place, a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange, armed with newly acquired magical powers, is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.