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Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015

‘Sherlock’ star Benedict Cumberbatch talks ‘Doctor Strange’

The British star of Sherlock teased the Marvel adaptation of Doctor Strange, what that will introduce to the cinematic universe, and talks about working with director Scott Derrickson. Benedict Cumberbatch has a booming star power and says he’s not worried about doing a superhero film.

Doctor Strange season one comic book cover“I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel. 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 whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing,” Cumberbatch said while at the Palm Springs Film Festival, captured in this Jan. 5 article.

“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.”

Cumberbatch remained tight-lipped about the role of the Ancient One or where they may film.

“Ahh … you’ll have to wait and see,” he teased. “I’m not going to be eked out on any spoilers or reveals now. It’s quite a way off but I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life.”

“I meditate a lot,” he continued.

“That’s a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world. I took a lot of stuff away from my experience in Darjeeling, West Bengal, right at the Nepali border. It was Tibetan Buddhist monks in a converted Nepali house in India, with a view of Bhutan. It was a profoundly formative experience at a very young age. It’s something I’ve tried to keep in my life. It features already.”

The star of The Imitation Game star confessed he didn’t read Doctor Strange comics growing up.”Growing up, no,” but… “I didn’t read many comics at all. Asterix a bit. I think that was it. There weren’t many comics in my household — [in a self-mocking voice] ‘I’m so deprived.’ We didn’t have Marvel so much. But you can bet your bottom dollar I’m reading them now, avidly.”

Doctor Strange is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016.

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