Brace yourself! The doctor is in.
On Monday, Marvel fans finally got the first look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's highly-anticipated film, Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly in a blood-red cape, and sported the distinctive Eye of Agamotto amulet near his chest. That ever so important goatee is also on full display, and Strange's black hair is white at the temples. The full costume is quite impressive, and the Sherlock star definitely looks like the mightiest magician in the cosmos.
Once a gifted and egotistical surgeon, Strange wounds his hands in a horrible car accident, and thus ends his illustrious medical career. In an effort to heal his hands, Strange goes searching for the Ancient One, but is eventually trained to become the Sorcerer Supreme. As the primary protector of Earth, Strange fends off all magical and mystical threats and is also regarded as the Master of the Mystic Arts.
“I’m still in the infancy of learning all that,” Cumberbatch stated. “It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically. I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that. We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.”
“These gestures are ways of creating the magic. It’s a beautiful thing, it’s balletic, it’s very dynamic," added Cumberbatch. "And once the boys in the backroom get to work on it, there’s going to be crazy s--t going on."
"There’s all sorts of craziness [in Doctor Strange]," said Cumberbatch. "Falling, flying, jumping, fighting, punching, getting punched. It’s really rough and tumble."
"When this comic appeared in the early '60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic '60s as we know it. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time," explained producer Kevin Feige. "So, that's inherent to the property. And that's our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie."