The release date of Marvel’s Doctor Strange is very nearly upon us. The anticipated film will hit theaters in two weeks, but its cast has been making press rounds for Doctor Strange for weeks now. Yesterday, New York housed the film’s world premiere, and ComicBook.com was lucky enough to speak with Benedict Cumberbatch about his mystical role. And, more importantly, he hinted that his character will play a “key role” in the next phase of Marvel films.
When Cumberbatch was asked how he saw Doctor Strange fitting into the largest Marvel Cinematic Universe, the actor strayed away from talking specifics to avoid any undue spoilers. However, he did say the sorcerer would be “all over the place.”
“There’s a lot going on this story [Doctor Strange] that will lead you to understand why he’ll play a key role in the next phase,” Cumberbatch explained.
The actor also talked about how he felt now playing Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch said, “Obviously, you want to bring the character to life and tell this really incredible story.”
He continued and stressed that the character’s story is only started in Doctor Strange. “It’s only be the end of the film that you go, ‘Oh my god, this is the beginning.’ It’s an origin story of a superhero that’s going to be part of all of [the MCU].”
The actor said he was super excited to see where the character will go in the future. Of course, Cumberbatch has gushed over Stephen Strange before. In fact, he took part in an interview with Tom Hiddleston last month where the duo talked superheroes and more. The actor recalled his recent San Diego Comic Con experience and said fans were more invested in his role rather than himself as a celebrity.
"I felt it was all about the part rather than everything else. I've been to Comic-Con, and it's a very nice way to give back to the fans that drive these things. It was quite scary. I felt like Pink Floyd. It's just like, 'Hello, hi,' after the fans are all screaming,” he said.
“I can't wait to see how it expands the universe. I'm also part of your crew! It's an amazing cast of actors. And it's the most fun hard work you'll ever do, I think, as an actor. They really know how to treat you right. And the material is challenging, witty, and a lot of fun to do. Doctor Strange is a complex, funny, but exciting character.”
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
Doctor Strange will hit theaters on November 4 2016.