Cum­ber­batch talks Marvel’s movie magic

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE LAT­EST su­per­hero to dom­i­nate the big screen, Doc­tor Strange, is tak­ing Walt Dis­ney Co’s Marvel uni­verse in an un­con­ven­tional di­rec­tion, lead star Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch said re­cently.

Cum­ber­batch plays sur­geon Stephen Strange, who har­nesses mys­ti­cal magic pow­ers drawn from East­ern cul­tures.

The ac­tor said the new film in­ten­tion­ally takes a dif­fer­ent path to Marvel’s other cin­e­matic su­per­heroes such as Iron Man, Cap­tain Amer­ica and Ant-Man.

“It was a real left turn for the comic uni­verse, let alone the cin­e­matic one,” Cum­ber­batch told Reuters of the orig­i­nal 1960s Doc­tor Strange comics at the film’s Lon­don pre­miere.

“It was very dark and mis­chievous and psy­che­delic and oth­er­worldly and to try and repli­cate that in mod­ern cinema is one of the great chal­lenges,” he added.

The film fol­lows Strange, a cocky and bril­liant sur­geon – much like the bil­lion­aire Iron Man play­boy Tony Stark – whose glam­orous New York life is taken away from him when his hands are crip­pled in a car ac­ci­dent.

Strange’s des­per­a­tion to heal his main as­sets lead him to Nepal, where he en­coun­ters the An­cient One (played by Tilda Swinton) and dis­cov­ers how to har­ness mys­ti­cal pow­ers to heal and fight with, as the world faces threats from a men­ac­ing oth­er­worldly be­ing.

“It’s toy­ing with a lot of new things like par­al­lel uni­verses and kind of philo­soph­i­cal ideas and work­ing on a deeper level ... the meta­phys­i­cal is just a whole new world that’s opened up for Marvel,” cos­tar Rachel McA­dams said.

The movie has re­ceived pos­i­tive early re­views, with crit­ics prais­ing the plot, the vi­su­als and the per­for­mances.

“It does feel like a new chap­ter for Marvel and it’s def­i­nitely a new di­rec­tion for me and I def­i­nitely en­joyed play­ing this char­ac­ter so if peo­ple are en­joy­ing it then we’ve done some­thing right,” Cum­ber­batch said.

Doc­tor Strange is the first main­stream lead­ing role for the 40-year-old ac­tor, who de­vel­oped a steady fol­low­ing through his lead role as BBC’s Sher­lock, and in his Os­carnom­i­nated per­for­mance in 2014’s The Imi­ta­tion Game. – Reuters

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