Strange role ben­e­fits Bene­dict

Mar­vel’s lat­est of­fer­ing gives Bri­tish ac­tor a role in the para­nor­mal clas­sic comic cross­over ‘Doc­tor Strange’

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

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, who draw power from tech­nol­ogy.

“It was a real left turn for the comic uni­verse, let alone the cin­e­matic one,” Cum­ber­batch said 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.”

Doc­tor Strange, out on Fri­day, 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 (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... the meta­phys­i­cal is just a whole new world that’s opened up for Mar­vel,” co-star Rachel McA­dams said.

The movie has re­ceived pos­i­tive re­views, with crit­ics prais­ing the plot, vi­su­als and 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-yearold ac­tor, who de­vel­oped a steady fol­low­ing through Sher­lock, and in The Good Week­end and Mar­vel Stu­dios have four ham­pers of ex­clu­sive Doc­tor Strange film mer­chan­dise to give away. Each con­tains a Doc­tor Strange hoodie, back­pack, T-shirt, wal­let and pin badge set.

To en­ter the draw to win one of these ham­pers, SMS key­word TGWSTRANGE along with your full name, phys­i­cal ad­dress, day­time tele­phone num­ber and email ad­dress to 34445 by mid­night to­mor­row.

The usual com­pe­ti­tion rules ap­ply. his Os­car-nom­i­nated per­for­mance in 2014’s The Im­i­ta­tion Game.

Cum­ber­batch and his wife So­phie Hunter an­nounced last week they are ex­pect­ing their sec­ond child, and the ac­tor said he was “over the moon”.

“Those are mo­ments that you never ever for­get – I re­mem­ber it very clearly and ob­vi­ously it was early on and so I couldn’t say any­thing and just yeah there’s noth­ing like, it’s kind of beyond words. It’s dif­fi­cult to ex­plain,” he said. – Reuters

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