As we edge towards the release of Doctor Strange, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to see some changes. Not only through the addition of Stephen Strange, but the whole world of magic. However, the sorcerers of Kamar-Taj haven’t only just appeared. You’d expect a group led by The Ancient One has a pretty long history. So why haven’t they showed up when the world was in trouble? Why aren’t they helping the Avengers against the likes of Loki or Ultron?
As always, Kevin Feige has the answer. The overseer of the MCU has explained to Collider why these sorcerers haven’t stepped in. It’s not that they’re a lousy bunch hiding in the mountains. It turns out there are bigger threats to face than just alien invasions:
There are people inhabiting the same world that are stopping buildings from falling down, robots from doing this, aliens from doing that – these people in this movie are stopping inter-dimensional forces from wiping out all of reality. So although it doesn’t necessarily come up, we’ve always assumed that the sorcerers have bigger fish to fry when they hear there’s something in a city or there’s a bank being robbed. They’re not thinking about it. They’re thinking if we don’t keep vigilant our sense of reality will disappear, and there won’t be a bank to rob and there won’t be a city to be conquered.
By the same token, it’s unlikely Stephen Strange will have much down time with the Avengers. Don’t expect him to be lifting Thor’s hammer at the next Avengers party. Of course, we already know he’s about to be dragged in to their world. That doesn’t mean Strange will be moving to the Avengers’ Compound:
I don’t think he does a lot of hanging out, necessarily. No, he usually gets involved when – as I said, he’s not going to intervene in the bodega crime down the street. But as things get bigger and as threats get bigger he can serve a very good purpose and can make his presence known.
Doctor Strange is released on November 4 in the US, and October 25 in the UK.