‘Doctor Strange’: First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel Superhero

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Marvel fans got the first look at Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as Doctor Strange on Monday.

The “Sherlock” star graces the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. Sporting a red cowl, blue robe and goatee, Cumberbatch’s new superhero looks faithful to its comic book counterpart.

“I’m still in the infancy of learning all that,” Cumberbatch told EW of learning the character’s mannerisms. “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.”

“There’s going to be crazy s— going on,” he added.

Because it was one of the first times Cumberbatch tried on the costume, he used the magazine’s cover shoot as a “research-and-development session” to practice Doctor Strange’s signature hand gestures that are part of his spell-casting.

The film follows the story of self-centered neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange who transforms into a sorcerer after a horrific car accident and stumbles upon a hidden world of magic. Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created the character in 1963.

The movie also stars Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studied under the Ancient One before becoming Strange’s nemesis.

Directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”) and written by Jon Spaihts, “Doctor Strange” hits theaters on Nov. 4, 2016.

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  1. 1rtv says:

    This is going to be a great film. Well cast.

  2. SPIKE says:

    Lo, behold how the great thespians, out of greed, contrive to damage their art by swimming in cesspools of mindless drivel. And lo, how the filmgoing multitudes gloat over such desecrations of God-given talent. Yea, how the sight of such misdeeds compels me to void my gut. A pox on you purveyors of mediocrity. May you swelter and writhe in the Hells of your own making as you ride up and down down Rodeo Drive in your banal and gilded coaches, counting your filthy lucre.

  3. jedi77 says:

    Anyone know if he’s British or American in the film?
    I am hoping for British.
    Cumberbatch can do American just fine, but his voice and verbal mannerisms are just so British.

    • KB says:

      @jedi77 Rumor has it that he’ll be British. Hope so, because he’s got such a lovely voice. When he sticks with his regular accent, its just so beautiful. His American accents while good, just can’t compare.

  4. KB says:

    Ok, having massive nerdgasm moment ! Can’t wait to see this !

  5. Black Spartacus says:

    No Dr. Strangelove? Just plain Strange is you ask me?? That’s EW for you Variety! Comberbatch does it again! Another strange character, with a flawed character who plays a REAL character… Who’s not BLACK!

  6. The costume looks to bright and not realistic. But I love Cumberbatch in anything…

  7. Kevin Garren says:

    I am a fan of his and all, but I still don’t think he needs to be in EVERY franchise. but cool

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    Never underestimate Marvel Studios to do anything half-ass. Guardians and Ant Man should have already dispelled those notions. Global audiences can’t get enough Marvel anything from Marvel Studios.

  9. MightyMad says:

    Well, he looks the part – that’s for sure.
    Some of the comments beneath mine really makes me laugh, calling this a ‘wild card’, as if this is not from the same studio that managed to make success out of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Ant-man”.

    Never bet against the MCU, people.

    • therealeverton says:

      Exactly, if it can be done, Marvel Studios will do it. Even Daredevil and Jessica Jones on Netflix were risky and they absolutely killed it both times.

  10. Marc says:

    This looks like it’s either going to be good or really, really bad.

    • sanerant7 says:

      Aside of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones sucked. Barely made it to the halfway point before losing interest completely.

      • therealeverton says:

        Sweet Christmas – what an inaccurate description of one of the years’s best shows.

        To each his own, but Jessica Jones was fantastic and deserves every bit of the critical acclaim it has received watched it in 2 days.

    • therealeverton says:

      That’s the line for every single, original, Marvel Studios film..and even some of their sequels.

  11. Lighthouse says:

    Lol, they’ve tried to make him look more normal.

  12. Sjws tears says:

    No sjws Steve is a white character they didn’t whitewash him save your tears

  13. stella says:

    This could be Marvel’s wild card. Cumberbatch’s talent could carry the day for Doctor Strange.

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