The Sorcerer’s Ap­pren­tice

Bene­dict cum­ber­batch trav­els to an­other di­men­sion in Doc­tor Strange

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t’s a very dif­fer­ent feel, dif­fer­ent hero and dif­fer­ent set of cir­cum­stances to what we’ve seen be­fore,” says Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, star of Marvel’s forth­com­ing mag­i­cal mys­tery tour Doc­tor Strange. “It’s an­other mo­ment dur­ing Marvel’s evo­lu­tion.”

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Doc­tor Strange was the hip­pies’ favourite. Dr. stephen strange, an ar­ro­gant Man­hat­tan neu­ro­sur­geon who trav­els to the Hi­malayas to re­cover from a ca­reerend­ing ac­ci­dent and ends up as the sorcerer supreme, opened the door to Marvel’s most psychedelic ad­ven­tures. Un­der the tute­lage of tilda swin­ton’s an­cient One, Cum­ber­batch’s tor­mented hero learns magic and dis­cov­ers hid­den par­al­lel di­men­sions. this mul­ti­verse was teased at the end of Ant-man, but Doc­tor Strange goes the whole nine yards, with ma­jor ram­i­fi­ca­tions for all of the Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse.

the an­cient One will teach strange and, through him, the au­di­ence about the mul­ti­verse. “[It has] many di­men­sions,” says Marvel stu­dios pres­i­dent Kevin Feige, “some of which are mind­bend­ing, some scary, all of which need to be kept at bay, lest they come into our di­men­sion.”

Di­rec­tor scott Der­rick­son, a Strange-lover since child­hood, prom­ises retina-pop­ping vis­tas true to the cos­mic vi­sions of the comic’s cre­ator, steve Ditko. “We felt free to go as far as we could imag­ine, so we’re do­ing a lot of things that I think have not been done be­fore,” says Der­rick­son. “Once we’d crossed a cer­tain line we just kept go­ing.”

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