- Benedict Cumberbatch will likely return as Doctor Strange in the MCU’s Phase 6 for Doctor Strange 3, which is rumored to be adapting the Time Runs Out storyline from Marvel Comics.
- The fan-made MCU poster for Doctor Strange 3 envisions the return of characters like Clea, Dormammu, and Kang the Conqueror, hinting at the storyline’s focus on Time Runs Out.
- Time Runs Out is a compelling storyline that leads directly into Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars event, which could potentially reboot the MCU, adding more weight to the possibility of Doctor Strange 3 being based on this storyline.
A fan-made MCU poster brings to life the rumored storyline for Marvel Studios’ as-yet-unconfirmed Doctor Strange 3. Since debuting as Doctor Stephen Strange in 2016’s eponymous film, Benedict Cumberbatch has become a key player in the MCU, particularly through Strange’s investigation of the multiverse in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. His importance to the MCU makes Cumberbatch’s return in Doctor Strange 3 practically inevitable, with many suspecting the project will release prior to 2027’s Avengers: Secret Wars as part of the MCU’s Phase 6. This release window makes one massive Marvel Comics storyline very likely, as Doctor Strange 3 is rumored to be adapting Time Runs Out.
Recent speculation suggests Doctor Strange 3 will be exploring Time Runs Out, a Marvel Comics storyline that unfolded in issues of Avengers and New Avengers between 2014 and 2015. This rumor has gained traction in recent months, and a new fan poster shared by Hazzaa Jarrar imagines what Time Runs Out could look like for Doctor Strange 3.
Benedict Cumberbatch is front-and-center in the poster, while a distorted hourglass shape also teases the returns of Charlize Theron’s Clea, Dormammu, and Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror. Time Runs Out would be the perfect storyline to explore in Doctor Strange 3, as it leads directly into Marvel Comics’ 2015 Secret Wars event.
Time Runs Out Is The Perfect Storyline For Phase 6’s Doctor Strange 3
Marvel Comics’ Time Runs Out picked up eight months after the Illuminati tried to use an anti-matter bomb to destroy the planet of the Great Society, the most recent civilization to witness an incursion. The Avengers and the New Avengers hunt down the Illuminati, while the latter try to find a way to thwart the incursion threatening to destroy the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately, there was no escape from the incursion other than designing lifeboats to try and survive universal destruction. This storyline leads directly into 2015’s Secret Wars, during which Battleworld was created to protect the survivors, which is expected to be adapted into Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Secret Wars.
Doctor Strange 3 releasing as part of the MCU’s Phase 6 and exploring Marvel Comics’ Time Runs Out storyline could be perfectly followed by Avengers: Secret Wars. Recent speculation has suggested that Secret Wars may reboot the MCU, just as the Marvel Universe is rebooted in Marvel Comics’ Secret Wars, which adds even more weight to Doctor Strange 3 being based on Time Runs Out. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ cliffhanger ending an incursion tease already set up this storyline for Doctor Strange 3, though nothing has yet been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios.