Benedict Cumberbatch Says Doctor Strange Introduces a Huge New Element to Marvel Cinematic Universe
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play the titular lead role in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” pic, opens up on his upcoming role as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Read on for further details.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who is set to play Stephen Strange in Marvel’s movie adaptation of “Doctor Strange,” shares some insight with Wall Street Journal about the upcoming movie and his character.
“I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different, it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing,” Cumberbatch told Wall Street Journal.
Cumberbatch also revealed his other upcoming projects which include a small stage production of Hamlet in summer and a “Sherlock” Christmas special which will begin shooting in three days time.
“Doctor Strange” is Marvel Cinemaic Universe’s first venture into the world of Magic and the Unknown. Created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Doctor Strange made his first ever appearance in Strange Tales #110 in 1963. Originally a gifted surgeon, the egotistical Dr. Stephen Strange’s life changed when he got into a car accident, which badly damaged the nerves of his hands. Seeking the help of the Ancient One to heal his hands, the surgeon turned sorcerer was then trained instead to be proficient in the verse of Mystic Arts, becoming Earth’s greatest and most powerful mystic and master of the arcane arts, the Sorcerer Supreme, tasked to defend the realm against demons and mystical forces, such as Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath, the Undying Ones and Nightmare.
The 38-year-old Cumberbatch comes from a strong background in science fiction and fantasy acting, which includes a starring role as Kahn in “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” the voice of Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series “Sherlock,” where he is set to return next year. He’s most recent film appearances are in “The Imitation Game” and DreamWorks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar,” where he lent his voice to Classified, a gray wolf and team leader of the North Wind.
Scott Derickson is tied to direct Marvel’s feature pic from a script by Jon Spaihts, which is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 8, 2016. “Doctor Strange” is scheduled to begin shooting in May 2015 at Pinewood-Shepperton studios in UK.
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