Benedict Cumberbatch Avidly Reading DOCTOR STRANGE Comics; Talks about Working with Marvel

     January 5, 2015


Doctor Strange is still three Marvel movies away (it follows Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America: Civil War), but in teaser culture it’s never too early to start talking about superhero flicks.  Benedict Cumberbatch will play the Sorcerer Supreme, and while out doing press for The Imitation Game, he talked about the upcoming Marvel film.  Naturally, he didn’t give anything substantial away (we have to wait until fall 2016 for the marketing to take care of that), but did note, “It’s quite a way off but I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life.”

Hit the jump for more of Cumberbatch’s comments on Doctor Strange and working with Marvel.  The film opens November 4, 2016.

the-imitation-game-benedict-cumberbatch-2Cumberbatch tells the Wall Street Journal that Doctor Strange didn’t feel like a risk thanks to Marvel’s pedigree:

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. I’ve got a few things to get under my belt first. I’ve got to do that little stage production of “Hamlet” in the summer and the Christmas special of “Sherlock,” which we start shooting in about three days’ time – Whoops! Yeah, that’s there.

While he’s got to prepare for Hamlet and Sherlock, Cumberbatch won’t be slacking on his preparation for Doctor Strange:

There weren’t many comics in my household — [in a self-mocking voice] “I’m so deprived.” We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly.


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