As we near closer to the release of Marvel’s latest soon-to-be blockbuster, Doctor Strange, the cast is beginning to open up about their work on the project and what it’s like seeing it all come together in post-production. In fact, during the cast’s portion of time on the stage at SDCC last month, Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, found himself struggling to take it all in as the studio debuted the second trailer for the crowd during their presentation. For him, it was the first time he’d gotten to see the effects completed (for the most part) on certain scenes – most notably those that involved buildings shifting and creating various planes. While talking to the folks over at Empire Magazine, Cumberbatch was full of excitement as he commented on what it was like to shoot those scenes and what it felt like seeing them come together in the end.

“Some bits made me think, ‘Wow. God. That’s what I’m part of,’” he told us, after watching the Inception-style city bending. “You have conceptual art that they show you, but you only really realise what you’re part of at the end of the process. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the effects while we were shooting, because a lot of them were real elements, whether it was sets that make a room miniscule, or the costume designs.”

The actor also briefly touched on what it was that led to him taking on the role of Doctor Strange, one that is sure to prove vital within the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. (Especially if today’s Thor news is anything to go by.) As Cumberbatch puts it, it all came down to the script, the director (Scott Derrickson), and the man behind it all, Kevin Feige.

“The lure as an actor is the script, the director, Kevin [Feige], and talking about how to make a character written in the ‘60s and ‘70s relevant now,” he said. “To make him slightly less arrogant. Arrogant, but also humorous.”

Cumberbatch also took pleasure in seeing how fans responded to the big cape moment in the trailer, saying that Strange has ‘earned’ that moment by that point. What he means exactly, we’ll have to wait and see until November 4th. For now, however, we can just continue to watch the fantastic second trailer on repeat.

“It was wonderful to see that moment get a cheer. He’s really earned it by then.”


Doctor Strange is slated for release on November 4th, and stars some of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters like Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Karl Mordo), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Benedict Wong (Wong), and Mads Mikkelson (Kaecilius).

Source: Empire Magazine.