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Benedict Cumberbatch dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday, where he addressed one of the fan theories around the finale of WandaVision. The Disney+ series’ March 5 episode divided fans, many of whom were expecting a major cameo after hype was built up by the series’ stars. Among the two most popular theories in terms of cameos was Cumberbatch appearing as Doctor Strange. It did not happen.
Jimmy Fallon asked Cumberbatch about the busted prediction. The actor addressed the situation carefully in case there are still those who have not seen the (nearly two-week-old) episode. “If it didn’t happen, then I am sorry about that.” He added he did not know why it did not happen. Fans assumed Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange would show since Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda) appears alongside Cumberbatch in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
“She’s amazing,” Cumberbatch said of working with Olsen on the new Doctor Strange project. “It’s a very exciting next step for Wanda.” The actor joked he could not say anything else because Marvel had his home bugged.
The most popular WandaVision cameo theory would have marked a special occasion for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but was a major ask.
What seemed to be the most obvious cameo to some, deriving from Scarlet Witch comic lore, would have been Magneto, specifically Ian McKellen, who played the character in Fox’s X-Men films from 2000 to 2014. In the comics, Magneto is Wanda’s father.
Watch the full Cumberbatch Tonight Show segment below.
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