Marvel boss says Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Doctor Strange’ will be ‘psychedelic’

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Benedict Cumberbatch has promised “all sorts of craziness” in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie.

Directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been filming in locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Derrickson told EW: “I’m perpetually awestruck that I’m getting to make this movie. I keep waiting for the knock on the door when somebody says, ‘This movie’s too weird, we can’t make this.'”

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Benedict Cumberbatch teased: “There’s all sorts of craziness [in Doctor Strange]. Falling, flying, jumping, fighting, punching, getting punched. It’s really rough and tumble.”

Alongside Cumberbatch in the title role, Doctor Strange also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs) with Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

The official synopsis for the movie reads: “Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”

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Producer Kevin Feige commented: “When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time. So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.”

He added: “[Benedict] was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time,” reveals Feige. “But he kept getting more popular, and more popular, and he kept getting busier, and busier, and it looked like the timing wasn’t going to work. So we looked at some other actors for a while and ultimately decided, ‘We have to try and make it work with Benedict and with his schedule.’”

Doctor Strange arrives in UK cinemas on 28 October, following the release of Captain America: Civil War in April, featuring Cumberbatch’s Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman.

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