Will Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hiddleston Be in a Marvel Movie Together? We Need Dr. Strange & Loki to Meet
The Internet tends to find many reasons to rejoice, but this one was a longtime coming. Now that Benedict Cumberbatch is officially playing the lead in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie, we can all begin fully speculating about the details of the role. For those who are unfamiliar with the character, Doctor Stephen Strange is a magical genius, a role that many realized was perfect for Cumberbatch long before it was announced. In Marvel lore, Strange is a former neurosurgeon who is imbued with magical powers and protects Earth from otherworldly evil.
Otherworldly evil like, say, Tom Hiddleston's Loki. One exciting possibility that has come up in all the speculation is that Cumberbatch and Hiddleston will face off in a Marvel movie together. This is an exciting possibility for a few reasons. First, there's a massive amount of overlap in both actors' fan bases (Hiddlestoners and Cumberbitches), a Tumblr-specific sort of fandom that has been obsessing over these pale British actors for years, to the point of even making cupcakes of the pair. Both actors typically play charismatic villains and/or geniuses, which are all the more appealing because of their darkness.
But most of all, the real life Hiddleston and Cumberbatch are super good friends. They've discussed their friendship, which blossomed on the set of War Horse, at length many times. The two haven't been in a movie together since then, probably because most films don't call for two unconventionally handsome pale villains — though Hiddleston did replace Cumberbatch in the upcoming Crimson Peak. But it's Hollywood's loss, since the duo are super cute together.
In the Marvel comic books, Loki and Strange do indeed meet and face off. It seems very likely that Marvel will capitalize on the possibility in future films, of which there are many. It's possible that Loki will appear in Doctor Strange, which doesn't even come out until 2016, but, then again, Marvel might want to build up the anticipation of seeing these two actors together onscreen again for a little longer than that. Tumblr will just have to wait.