But now Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, has joined in to settle the debate – and we’re afraid to tell any Hiddlebatch fans that it seems like they’ll probably have to wait at least until Thor: Ragnarok to see the actors on screen together, because he didn’t have good news.
Asked if the story of Hiddleston joining the series was a complete fabrication, the Doctor Strange star replied that he was worried about “set[ting] the internet on fire again,” before responding in the affirmative that the story was false.
“Yeah!” the actor told RadioTimes.com. “Yeah, sorry…”
“They’ve given three [words] already, and I’m not gonna repeat them,” he told us. “The boys that know what to say and what not to say have already done that for me, so I’m gonna keep schtum.”
However, Cumberbatch was happy enough to talk about one character from the Sherlock world – series 3 villain Charles Augustus Magnussen, who was played by Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen just a couple of years before his actor brother Mads also took Cumberbatch on as baddie Kaecilius in Doctor Strange (with Mads recently telling RadioTimes.com he would “get revenge” for his brother in the Marvel movie).
Coincidence? Far from it, according to their screen foe.
“They’re just very devious, you know?” Cumberbatch said. “They’ve got strong arguments and they’re very dominant, so you have to kind of be careful of those Mikkelsen bros.
“They’re really super nice, which you know, there’s a lot of acting going on when they’re playing their villainy. Then again, they’re both very convincing in it, so there has to be something going on…”
Mads Mikkelsen, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lars Mikkelsen
For now, with both Mikkelsens vanquished Cumberbatch is looking forward to his Marvel-lous future as Doctor Strange, with the actor describing his time playing superhero as a “pretty giddy” experience.
“I’m sort of childishly gleeful about it,” Cumberbatch told RadioTimes.com.
“It hit me three times: once in a costume fitting, once in Manhattan and once finally watching the film and seeing the very end shot of him by the window, going ‘Wow, the next step is him being in The Avengers!’ It’s just kind of thrilling.”
And has he seen the Avengers: Infinity War script? Anything he can tell us about it?
“I have,” Cumberbatch replied – “and I’m very much looking forward to it.”
Not exactly plot-busting info, but hey – in the secretive world of BBC dramas and Marvel movies, we take what we can get.