Doctor Strange May Never Explain a Glaring Endgame Plothole Involving Benedict Cumberbatch

While Endgame pulled off the impossible by living up to the enormous hype surrounding it, it doesn't move past the surface-level explanation of Ancient One's statement about Strange.

Doctor Strange May Never Explain a Glaring Endgame Plothole Involving Benedict Cumberbatch

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  • Despite pulling off a satisfying conclusion, like any other media, Endgame isn't immune from flaws.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch's being deemed the best by Ancient One in Endgame seemed off.
  • Cumberbatch, who has confirmed to reprise his part in an undisclosed MCU project, expressed his desire for the character moving forward.
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Giving a satisfying conclusion to the Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame pulled off the impossible and lived up to the enormous hype that surrounded the 4th Avengers entry. But while the movie mostly serves as a homage to MCU’s accomplishments, like any other media, it isn’t immune to flaws, and following the ambitious story the writers set out to tell, it left some plot holes.

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But apart from the major ones, including the issues in the final battle following editing faults, another major query arose following Ancient One’s statement regarding Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)

We Are Just Supposed to Take MCU’s Word for It

Avengers: Endgame doesn’t bother moving past the surface-level explanation regarding some points, including Bruce Banner’s transformation into Professor Hulk, which conveniently took place offscreen. Another doubt emerges from Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One’s statement regarding her successor. Per the Sorcerer, who was secretly drawing power from the dark dimension to extend her lifespan, “Dr. Strange was meant to be the one of our best”. So it concludes that in 400 years, no other sorcerer was worthy enough to succeed her except Strange, which seemed a little off considering we were just supposed to take the writers’ words for it.

While Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Strange was shown to have near-peak human motivation followed by his extreme determination to the craft, Ancient One’s statements of him being the best didn’t seem organic. And the fact the character has been seemingly nerfed in his last two outings doesn’t cement his case, however, things might eventually change as Cumberbatch is far from done from the part.

Also read: “It makes me really angry”: Benedict Cumberbatch Despised Alan Turing’s Posthumous Pardon After Starring in ‘The Imitation Game’ for a Heartbreaking Reason

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch Wants to Explore More Inventive Ideas Moving Forward

Although there haven’t been any confirmed reports of when Benedict Cumberbatch will pop up next in the MCU, the actor previously revealed that “There are some Marvel capers in the making next year”. While the project remains undisclosed, the actor once expressed his desire to push the concept of his battle with Sinister Strange in MOM further, which he deemed a “very bizarre and inventive battle”. The Power of the Dog Star told Prestige:

“We turned what was a very small combat between the two [Strange’s] into a sort of very bizarre and inventive battle in that moment. I really loved it. It was how the original was pitched to me a long while back when Scott Derrickson was still working with us: Strange would meet versions of himself. It was something I wanted to lean into. We could have gone even further, and maybe it will go into the future. Who knows what other versions we might need in the multiverse chapter of the MCU? But it was very enjoyable to play all the variants of myself.”

Also read: Doctor Strange 3 May Not Be In The Works Yet But There Are 5 Villains Who Would Fit Perfectly In the Movie

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

While it’ll be riveting to witness what the MCU has stored in for him moving forward, whether the MCU will follow up on the statements of Strange being the best remains to be seen.

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Avengers: Endgame is available to stream on Disney Plus.

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