Benedict Cumberbatch on Doctor Strange Learning to Give Up Control and Not ‘Hold the Knife’

The door to the Multiverse is now officially open 🌀

Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is officially released worldwide.

With that, titular star Benedict Cumberbatchwho plays Dr. Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, reflected on Strange’s journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with Marvel Studios strange doctor (2006), to Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), and more recently in Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021), and what it means to play “the former statesman”.

At a press conference for the film earlier this week, speaking about the character change at the start of the film, Cumberbatch remarked, “He’s a maverick; he’s an outsider. He doesn’t hit you immediately as a leader despite his prominence in the MCU right now. And that’s what makes him really interesting and, conflicted, I think of as a hero.”

“Like [director] Sat [Raimi] alluded to – it’s humanity that keeps people coming back, and I think we see in this movie an iteration of someone who we’ve seen to be very omnipotent, very creative and kind of omnipresent,” continued Cumberbatch.


At the press conference, director Sam Raimi said, “The most important thing is to have great actors, like those two,” referring to Cumberbatch and lead actress Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Wanda Maximoff. / Scarlet Witch. “And them knowing that the most important thing they can do is within themselves. That’s how people connect with our superheroes.”

“We haven’t really figured out the cost of this,” Cumberbatch commented. “

What feeds him, both him as a person, but also in this mysterious realm of sorcery and magic? [Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness] It’s about looking at that and finding his faults, his flaws, his humanity, as well as his strengths, and renewing our understanding of him and deepening our understanding of him. As for being a leader, I would say [it’s] more of a self-examination in the way Sam described it, of holding a mirror up to it through this incredible narrative structure that we have of a multiverse of other selves, than of examining what its potential is to lead.

How much has he changed from the arrogant Strange featured in the first strange doctor film? “I will say this: He’s much better at being a collaborator, at working with others, at realizing that he can’t always be the one holding the knife and controlling himself,” Cumberbatch said. “Those are qualities quite similar to those of a leader, I would say. But, it evolves; there is that.

Recognizing Strange’s mistake in Spider-Man: No Coming Home on helping Peter Parker/Spider-Man using magic, Cumberbatch joked, “He was him trying to be an adult, trying to be a guardian, I guess, and screwing up to be honest. You know, there was bad parenting in this movie.

How is Doctor Strange doing with the arrival of Multiversal Travel America Chavez? You’ll have to head to the theater and find out!


In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU is unlocking the multiverse and pushing its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stühlbarg and Rachel McAdams. The film is directed by Sam Raimi and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll and Jamie Christopher serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Michael Waldron.

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