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Marvel has done it again with its much-anticipated DOCTOR STRANGE, a new original film that brings one of the hottest international stars, Benedict Cumberbatch, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
With the introduction of this unique Super Hero, vested with powerful magical powers and skills, the Marvel Cinematic Universe opens up a host of new, electrifying stories and exciting, mystifying, never-before-seen action.
The story follows world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange— armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange), director/co-writer Scott Derrickson, Tilda Swinton (Ancient One), Benedict Wong (Master Wong), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer) and Marvel creative honcho Kevin Feige sat down with the press recently to answer some questions about the film.
While most of the questions asked focused on Cumberbatch and his experience with the role, we were treated to some firsthand stories. Cumberbatch recounted leaving set in full costume to visit a comic store in New York City. Derrickson filmed the encounter on his iPhone and of course, the crowd begged for it to be released. Cumberbatch said the shop offered him a job if he kept his American accent. They recall the happy accident here:
Swinton was asked about learning the hand motions to perform the sorcery in the film, and she struggled with doing so without blocking her face. The actors had no idea how phenomenal the visuals accompanying their performances would be.
Feige confirmed that while more Doctor Strange films are planned, the character will be in the upcoming two-parter AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. And if the post-credits scenes are to be believed, well…my lips are sealed.
Cumberbatch compared Strange to Sherlock, the role that catapulted him to worldwide fame:
Rachel McAdams asked what it was like to play a nurse, and if she felt left out of all the magic and sorcery.
Catch DOCTOR STRANGE in 3D nationwide November 4th!