Doctor Strange: Scott Adkins Teases Film’s Horror Elements, Heaps Praise On Benedict Cumberbatch


Among the many highlights of Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man was the sequence in which Scott Lang ventured into the Quantum Realm. A visual delight, the scene in question also opened up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new dimensions – quite literally.

That will, of course, filter heavily into November’s Doctor Strange, and in a recent interview with The Huffington Post (via CBM), Scott Adkins teased the horror elements included in Scott Derrickson’s origins movie.


Holding a mysterious role in the mind-bending drama, the actor and all-round martial arts star not only heaped praise on Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, but also the unique qualities underpinning Derrickson’s superhero feature.

“What’s great about Marvel is they don’t just make superhero movies. They make a different genre out of a different superhero film. Whether it’s a thriller, a straight-up action movie or political thriller, they’re likely to choose a different genre for different heroes, and we’re gonna see some psychedelic stuff in this one. Very exciting. This is going to show that other dimension side. I’m sure [director] Scott Derrickson’s going to bring some of his horror element into it as well.”

When quizzed about the action sequences featured in Doctor Strange, Adkins teased that he could very well go toe-to-toe with Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme.

“Oh, now you’re really putting me on the spot with the screen-fighting bit. Both of them are wonderful people, and I’m not just saying that. They’re a joy to be around. Real gentlemen. Benedict is so smart so intelligent — so knowledgable about everything and just a real sweet, very nice guy. He’s not used to the fighting side of things. It’s kind of new to him. Well, I guess he did some in “Star Trek,” but it’s my thing. It’s not his thing. I was very happy to give him his — well, he tried his damnedest. And I’m sure the finished product is going to show that. And Mads Mikkelsen. He’s a great guy. He’s really down to earth … both of them are just fantastic actors.”

Benedict Cumberbatch will assume the role of Marvel’s Socercer Supreme when Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4. Chiwetel Ejiofur, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton also star.