After Doctor Strange’s solo debut in 2016, a lot of similarities were made between he and Tony Stark. Both characters are self-centered billionaires with witty humor who, after an almost fatal accident, discover new abilities that they use to help those around them – not to mention they both have rad facial hair. One might assume that they would be best buds when they team up in Infinity War, but that may not be the case. In a recent interview, Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr. revealed that the two characters will be butting heads for a portion of the film.
“Yeah, the clash of the egotistical sort of vainglorious goatees, definitely. There’s a lot of grown up in the room kind of thing.”
He revealed that a big aspect of their relationship comes from Doctor Strange being the more mature person in their dire situation. He has to get Tony focused on the threat that stands before them. The clashing between these two beloved characters isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though.
“We have a bit of a clash and that’s not a bad thing and that’s something to enjoy in the film, without spoiling anything, to see how that relationship unfolds.”
They won’t be rivals for long, though. Robert Downey Jr. revealed that Tony gains trust in Doctor Strange once he realizes the true extent of his power.
“I mean I should have known this just by watching it, but by being a big fan of the Doctor Strange standalone, too, if you think about it logically if you want to, superhero movies, Strange is the guy who actually can, if he has the wherewithal to do it, he’s the one who can run through all the outcomes and actually figure out what the most likely scenario is going to be, and I think once Tony recognizes that that’s something that even though he thinks it might be within his control ultimately there’s a spiritual solution and if someone has the ability to have that kind of intuition, he can only stay at odds with them for so long.”
Running through outcomes and analyzing the possible scenarios isn’t something Doctor Strange is new to. In his own solo film, he replayed the same moment with Dormammu an indefinite number of times until he had mastery over his powers. Perhaps he has been using the time stone even more since then.
Cumberbatch went on to explain that, while the characters have different approaches to situations, they really aren’t all that different.
“For someone who’s a brilliant industrialist, materialist, someone whose logic and science works through the medium of technology as opposed to my going into the Eastern mysticism sort of … understanding of the cosmos and the multiverse, you would think there’s not much of a Venn diagram, but there is. There completely is.”
Maybe other than their charming looks and witty humor, the two heroes share an even deeper connection with each other.
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their superhero allies must willing to sacrifice it all in an attempt to defeat the power of Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, and Josh Brolin.