Benedict Cumberbatch says Doctor Strange will bring "a huge new element to the Marvel universe"
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken for the first time about his new role as Marvel's Doctor Strange and has promised that he will be bringing "a huge new element to this Marvel universe".
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Cumberbatch said that he realised becoming a Marvel hero was unlike any role he'd taken before, but that he was determined to bring something that fans hadn't seen before.
He said: "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."
He continued: "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 also said that he wasn't much of a comic book fan growing up, but was enjoying catching up now, adding: "There weren’t many comics in my household. I’m so deprived. We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly.”
The actor also admitted that he wouldn't be starting for a while as he has stage commitments as well as more Sherlock to do first.
He added: "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 – Whoops! Yeah, that’s there."
A slew of other high-profile actors were linked with the role of Doctor Strange after Joaquin Phoenix, who had been in talks with Marvel, ended discussions about the role.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Ewan McGregor, Jared Leto, Colin Farrell, Ryan Gosling, Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey were just some of the other names linked with the role before Marvel finally settled on Cumberbatch.
Scott Derrickson, best known for directing The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Sinister and this year's Deliver Us From Evil, has signed up to direct Doctor Strange. Jon Spaihts is currently working on the script. The film is currently scheduled to be released in November of 2016.
Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, he is the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats and possesses a number of great powers.