Benedict Cumberbatch will make his first appearance as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in November’s Doctor Strange, but Doctor Strange’s appointment book already seems to be filling up.
Rumors have already been circulating suggesting that Doctor Strange will make an appearance in Thor: Ragnarok. That would be Doctor Strange’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover appearance. Cumberbatch seemingly just confirmed his second.
Speaking Empire Magazine about Doctor Strange’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cumberbatch the “logistical challenge of aligning his schedule with those of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany”.
Downey, Evans, Olsen, and Bettany are, of course, the actors who respectively play Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, and Vision of the Avengers. The next film on Marvel’s schedule that it would make sense for all four of those characters to appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
“To get us all together will be quite something,” Cumberbatch continued. “That’s why this character is being introduced, to open up the next chapter. So watch this space to see how that unfolds.”
It isn’t surprising for Doctor Strange to show up in Avengers: Infinity Stone. Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto is one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos has been questing after. If Avengers: Infinity War is supposed to be the film that begins bringing that story to its climax, then it makes sense for Doctor Strange to find himself caught up in it.
From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of 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.
Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson, from a screenplay he wrote with C. Robert Cargill. Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters in North America on Nov. 4, 2016.
I’ve added Screen Captures from the Special Episode of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. Strongly my favorite episode so far!
Happy new year, everyone!
The January 8th issue of Entertainment Weekly brings a first look at Benedict as Doctor Strange, here are scans, thanks to Claudia.
Benedict Cumberbatch was honored by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday (Nov. 10) for his efforts helping charity and the performing arts. Bowing before the Queen, he received a Commander of the British Empire award — an honor previously awarded to such notables as Michael Caine, Agatha Christie and Richard Attenborough.
Presented a short time after the “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor made headlines by ranting against UK politics, he later defended his actions to reporters.
“I’m interested in trying to help people,” Cumberbatch says of the backlash he received after he stood onstage during a production of “Hamlet” and solicited donations for Syrian refugees by blaming his government’s inaction. “I’m not interested in what flack I’m taking.”
The 39-year-old actor was clearly quite pleased by the honor of receiving his CBE, a turquoise medal shaped like a cross and hanging from a ribbon. Nevertheless, he told the Associated Press that meeting the Queen was “quite nerve-wracking.”
Cumberbatch, nominated for a best actor Oscar for “The Imitation Game,” has raised $227,000 in donations for Save the Children, a charity that assists Syrian refugees.
Also honored in the festivities was Kevin Spacey (receiving an honorary knighthood) and Eddie Redmayne (an Order of the British Empire, or OBE). But before you start referring to the “House of Cards” star as “Sir” Kevin Spacey, only British citizens are allowed to be called Sir or Dame.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>From Baker Street to <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BuckinghamPalace?src=hash”>#BuckinghamPalace</a>, Benedict Cumberbatch receives his CBE from The Queen today <a href=”https://t.co/P1Yisvly0N”>pic.twitter.com/P1Yisvly0N</a></p>— BritishMonarchy (@BritishMonarchy) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy/status/664077021069361152″>November 10, 2015</a></blockquote>
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BBC has released a trailer for the Christmas Special episode that will have Sherlock and Watson working on a case on the 19th Century.
Oi, you! If you’re a Benedict Cumberbatch AND EastEnders fan you may well explode with excitement after reading this news – the actor is hoping to appear in the BBC soap.
Benedict has told his good friend, ‘Enders producer Dominic Treadwell Collins, he would love to sink a pint in the Queen Vic as soon as his busy schedule allows.
Speaking at the Radio Times TV Festival, Dominic said: “I really want Benedict Cumberbatch to come and do a turn. And he says he’ll come and do it but he is slightly busy.
“But he would be my dream.”
Meanwhile, it seems we could have Dominic’s mother to thanks for the lovely Benedict being in our lives as she apparently spotted his talent when the two boys were at school together.
Dominic said: “He was the year above me at school and I remember doing the Shakespeare play As You Like It.
“He was Rosalind and I was Audrey the country wench.
“I remember afterwards running up to my mum to see if I was any good and she said, ‘Yeah, you were fine but that Benedict is an actor.’”
Thanks Dominic’s mum for possibly planting the seeds of Benedict’s Hollywood career!
Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch are in talks to star as George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison, respectively, in The Weinstein Co.’s The Current War.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is in discussions to helm the Edison-Westinghouse-feud film that was penned by playwright-screenwriter Michael Mitnick (The Giver), whose script made the Black List in 2011. The plan is for Gomez-Rejon to make Current War his next film after directing the Will Smith starrer Collateral Beauty, which will shoot in the fall. Also this fall, Gyllenhaal is shooting Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals.
Current War takes place in the late 1880s and revolves around power titans Edison and Westinghouse’s battle over the supply of electricity. Edison championed direct current (DC) for electric-power distribution over alternating current (AC), which was backed by several European companies and Westinghouse Electric.
TWC will finance Current War and release it domestically.
You have to love an actor who’s capable of laughing at himself.