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During an intense early-autumn heat wave, not too unusual for October in Los Angeles, the oddest Marvel movie since 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy premiered to a rapturous audience, all in glorious 3D. Doctor Strange, the 14th(!) film since the relaunch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s Iron Man, had come to town.
Stars Benedict Cumberbatch (very British in his midnight blue, shawl-collar velvet dinner jacket), Rachel McAdams (in a silver Atelier Versace gown) and the always amazing Tilda Swinton (in a velvet Haider Ackermann gown) walked the red carpet for the film’s premiere along with a slew of Marvel-related icons, including studio head Kevin Feige, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Robert Downey Jr. (in a fantastic Givenchy suit) and, of course, Stan Lee, who was featured in a signature cameo in the film.
From Iron Man’s Audi R8 to Captain America’s Audi SQ7 to Phil Coulson’s Lola, his cherry-red 1962 Chevrolet Corvette that can also fly, it seems each MCU superhero is endowed with a high-profile costume, an amazing superpower and, natch, a tech-laden car to get around town — when they aren’t flying or using some form of psychokinesis-enabled teleportation.
So it should come as no surprise that Cumberbatch’s Steven Vincent Strange would have an insane ride of his own: a $237,250 Grigio Lynx Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Coupe. The car, like an up-and-coming ingenue, was a main attraction on the red carpet as well.
Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick, when asked if he would drive a Lamborghini like one featured in the film replied, “I feel like I’m not even supposed to go near the car, it looks so fast. Me, I’m not exciting; if I had the car, I’d just take it to the market and, of course, I’d look like the jerk who took his Lamborghini to get some eggs.”
When asked about the relationship between video game and car culture, Hardwick responded, “Of course, without a doubt there’s an overlap. Look no further than Grand Theft Auto, though in that game, you’d steal a car like this.”
“With scoring a movie, it doesn’t matter if it’s a car chase or a love scene, you’re always telling a story,” said composer Michael Giacchino. “Some car chases are happy and some are sad. It’s all about creating a way to show what the characters are feeling onscreen.”
While a late-night drive turned horrific crash in the Lamborghini is what sends Strange down his superhero path, it begs the question: Why did Lamborghini allow their car to be shown in such a way?
“We felt it positioned the car in a good light — Strange was distracted while driving and was able to survive the spectacular crash safely thanks to his Huracan,” said Federico Foschini, commercial director for Automobili Lamborghini, “His character fit the profile of our brand.
“We had anywhere from four to six cars on set for the filming and we had to destroy one for the filming,” Foschini added. “That was not as easy to watch in real life.”
“Scoring that scene was easy for me,” Giacchino said. “Strange was listening to the radio during the crash, so I really didn’t have to do much.”
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