CUMBERBATCH: DR. STRANGE Adds 'Huge New Element' To Marvel Cinematic Universe

Benedict Cumberbath in 'Sherlock'.
Benedict Cumberbath in 'Sherlock'.
Credit: BBC
Doctor Strange by Mike Deodato, Jr.
Doctor Strange by Mike Deodato, Jr.
Credit: Marvel

Being the Sorcerer Supreme is risky for Doctor Strange, but Benedict Cumberbatch says bringing the Marvel magician to life in a movie isn't a risk. The Sherlock star is currently promoting his film The Imitation Game, but in an interview with The Wall Street Journal he peels back the curtain a little bit on the planning behind 2016's Doctor Strange with director Scott Derrickson.

"I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel," Cumberbatch tells WSJ's Barbara Chai. "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."

Cumberbatch was careful not to release any details on the movie itself, but did say that he's "very excited about that spiritual dimension" Doctor Strange brings. He did, however, seemingly reveal he's about to shoot a Christmas episode for this BBC TV series Sherlock starting this week.

Asked the ubiquitous comic book question "Did you read the Doctor Strange comics growing up?" the actor replied: "Growing up, no. I didn’t read many comics at all. Asterix a bit. I think that was it. There weren’t many comics in my household... We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly."

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