It's been some time since we last checked in with Sherlock Holmes and John Watson — the versions played by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, at least. The two starred in the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 2011 sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Thankfully, the long-awaited third film is actually happening, and now we may have a clue as to what it's about.
Law is hot on the interview trail for his role as a young Albus Dumbledore in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. He's also set to pop up in the MCU in Captain Marvel, though since that film is set in the '90s, it is doubtful he will ever get to share a scene with his Iron-clad Holmes partner.
(Side note: With Law joining that film, that makes not one but two sets of Holmes/Watsons in the MCU — Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman from the BBC's Sherlock have become involved as well, playing Doctor Strange and Everett Ross, respectively. Get all four of them in a scene together, Marvel, come on!)
While being interviewed by Entertainment Weekly, an interesting bit of Sherlock Holmes 3 news was uncovered by Law.
“We hope to propel the story forward,” said Law. “As always, the essence of the story is their codependency. We’re going to examine — since it’s been several years since we’ve seen them — we’re going to play up the fact that they haven’t seen each other for a long time, either.”
Not only have they not seen each other in many years, but the last Watson (or anyone) knew, Sherlock was dead, thanks to a fall of Reichenbach proportions. He left Watson a little clue at the end of the second film, but we don't know if the good doctor properly observed it or not.
This news comes hot on the heels of Downey tweeting a little Sherlock tease last week:
Though things seem to be ramping up for this ever-so-entertaining duo, many other things about the film are unknown. We don't know who the villain will be (Thanos, probably), or whether other characters from previous films will return (hoping against hope for Rachel McAdams here), and we especially don't know if Guy Ritchie will return to direct. He's directed both films so far, and is currently in post-production on his live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin. Here's hoping that he doesn't stay "one jump ahead" of Sherlock, but does in fact return. Holmes and Watson need a friend like him.
The as-yet-untitled Sherlock Holmes 3 is looking to premiere on Christmas of 2020. Wear a jacket.