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This weekend's Avengers: Infinity War finally sees the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, joining up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes for the battle with Thanos. This film opened up the possibility for a bunch of fun new interactions, as the Avengers are exposed to the cape-clad magician for the first time. One of the team-ups we were most excited to see was Doctor Strange and Tony Stark. Only a film this big could support those two egos, and their interactions did not disappoint as they constantly butted heads. But it looks like Tony Stark will have the last laugh, as Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch was scared by someone in an Iron Man costume on The Ellen Show. Take a look:
You've got to keep composure and watch your language Doctor Strange, this is a family show. You would have thought that he would have used the Time Stone to see all possible futures to know this was coming. I don't know how much of this was staged, but Benedict Cumberbatch is of course a brilliant actor and his reaction here is quite funny. Although his defensive posture of just sitting there needs some work. He delivers a great line too afterwards as if it was Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man costume. You would think that they would have someone dressed as Thanos to scare him although it would be tough to live up to how scary the character is onscreen. So given the contentious relationship between Stark and Strange in Infinity War, Iron Man makes sense.
The set up for the scare plays right into it too as Ellen is asking Benedict Cumberbatch about what kinds of things he hasn't done that he would like to and if he'd be interested in doing a horror movie. This conversation was probably primarily to set up the Iron Man scare, but perhaps by happy accident, Ellen raised a brilliant idea. Can we please get a quality horror film with Benedict Cumberbatch in a starring role? The Oscar nominee would be fantastic in a horror film, especially in some sort of devilish role. We've seen him play a villain before and he brought a seriously menacing quality using just his voice to The Hobbit films as Smaug and the Necromancer. This may have been meant as just an easily packaged viral video, but now we have something new to add to our cinematic wishlists.
Although this was his first time in a team-up film, Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange plays a very important role in Avengers: Infinity War and it will be very exciting to see how his actions here impact Avengers 4. Unfortunately we have another year to find out. In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War is off to a strong start at the box office. If you haven't seen it yet, what are you doing here? Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters now. Once you've seen it, come back and let us know what you thought. For all the other movies hitting theaters this year, including more Marvel, check out our release schedule.