Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Doctor Strange's Modern Arrogance

Empire had a talk with Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch, in which he discussed his reaction to the Comic-Con trailer, his realisation of being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, updating Strange to the modern era, and a bit more.

“Some bits made me think, ‘Wow. God. That’s what I’m part of,’” he told Empire, after watching the Inception-style, kaleidoscopic, and trippy city bending. “You have conceptual art that they show you, but you only really realise what you’re part of at the end of the process. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the effects while we were shooting, because a lot of them were real elements, whether it was sets that make a room miniscule, or the costume designs.”

Cumberbatch went on to say what lured him in the superhero film in the first place. “The lure as an actor is the script, the director, Kevin [Feige], and talking about how to make a character written in the ‘60s and ‘70s relevant now,” he said. “To make him slightly less arrogant. Arrogant, but also humorous.”

Cumberbatch also spoke glowingly of the Big Cape Moment, glimpsed in the trailer, where Strange whips his signature red costume around his shoulders in flamboyant fashion: “It was wonderful to see that moment get a cheer. He’s really earned it by then.”


Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Michael Stuhlberge with Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Marvel’s Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee as executive producer.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange is released October 28 for UK and Ireland/ November 4, 2016 for US.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018;Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

Source: Empire

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