Benedict Cumberbatch on 'Doctor Strange' Role: "I Don’t Think It's a Risk Because of Marvel"

Movie will add "a huge new element to this Marvel universe," actor says
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He’s played fantasy dragons and futuristic terrorists, but stepping into the role of Marvel Studios’ Sorcerer Supreme in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange holds no terror for Benedict Cumberbatch — in large part, it turns out, due to his faith in the studio responsible.

“I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel,” the actor told The Wall Street Journal. “Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods.”

The movie will be “very different, it’s an Astral Plane,” Cumberbatch went on, adding that there’s “a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character.” He went on, “I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott, whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing.”

Cumberbatch also suggested that the movie would go into production in the second half of the year, saying “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.”

Doctor Strange, written by Jon Spaihts, is scheduled for release Nov. 4, 2016.

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