You’d think that being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would’ve been difficult to match, but Benedict Cumberbatch believes that playing Sherlock Holmes was a bigger success than Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch reprised his role as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness this year, but despite the Marvel franchise’s continuous success, the actor believes Sherlock has a broader reach as a TV series. Cumberbatch was questioned about his transition from TV to “larger” Marvel blockbusters in a profile piece for The Talks, and his response was:

“Well, as far as this being a bigger pond than Sherlock… I don’t think it is. I think Sherlock, for me, has had a bigger reach than something like Doctor Strange because it’s television; it’s more democratic, more people have seen it. The reach that program has had is extraordinary. It was a sort of stink bomb that I knew was going to go the minute I said yes to doing the role. But I didn’t know just how big it would be — it surprised all of us who made it.”

Sherlock was a great hit for four seasons, yet with just four episodes per season, viewers were always left wanting more. While season 4 took a long time to complete, when it did, it did not quite reach the mark like previous seasons, prompting many to assume that it may be the final time we see Cumberbatch as the brilliant detective.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Believes That Sherlock Has A Wider Audience Than Doctor Strange

One of the main reasons Sherlock’s fourth season took so long to complete, and why there has been no action on any additional adventures of Baker Street’s brilliant crime-solver, is that everyone involved in the series is far busy now than they were when the first season was made. Along with Cumberbatch, his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman, who played Watson in the series, is also a part of the MCU, playing Agent Everett Ross in several Marvel projects, such as the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Disney+ series Secret Invasion, and has had a successful Hollywood career in films such as Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

Martin Freeman previously stated that a feature-length film rather than a series would be the most likely route for Sherlock to return, but neither he nor Cumberbatch have agreed to anything due to their busy schedules. Although fans of Cumberbatch’s interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation would love to see him return, Netflix’s Enola Holmes 2 has provided Sherlock fans with another option in Henry Cavill’s take on Holmes, with the character potentially getting his own spin-off from the Millie Bobby Brown-led franchise. In addition, Robert Downey Jr. may appear in a third Holmes film, which was teased earlier this year. This is current.

Source: The Talks