Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Doctor Strange, “Avidly” Reading The Comics



We’re still a ways away before Benedict Cumberbatch enters the Marvel foray, thereby helping to kick off Phase Three within the MCU. But given that we live in a world where teasers trailers for teaser trailers exist, it’s seemingly never too soon to begin dissecting each and every one of the superhero tidbits that find their way online. And today, that tidbit centers around one Doctor Strange.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, here’s what the Sherlock star has to say about the prospect of working alongside Scott Derrickson and the larger Marvel machine.

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.

As Cumberbatch points out, Doctor Strange will quite literally open up a whole new dimension for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who perhaps haven’t been exposed to the origin story of Stephen Vincent Strange. So, how do you prepare for the role of Sorcerer Supreme? Easy. Bury your nose in Marvel’s lineage of comic books, of course.

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.

Benedict Cumberbatch will don the guise for Marvel when Doctor Strange arrives in theaters on November 4, 2016. For now, be sure to let us know what you think of the actor’s comments down below.

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