It looks as though Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t just Doctor Strange.
During an interview with IGN, director Scott Derrickson confirmed that ‘Doctor Strange’ features Cumberbatch in a very different role - the villainous Dormammu.
“We knew it was an all CG character, but as we were in production Benedict brought it up as an idea,” he explained. “He said, ‘What would you think about me doing it?’ I said, 'Let me think about it, you know’.”
“It’s an interesting idea, because I did fancy the idea that as this other-dimensional being he’s not moving through the Dark Dimension, with a countenance, with eyes and a face, eyes and a mouth, and a human visage – why would he? He takes that form on to communicate with Strange.”
Despite remaining off screen for the majority of the film - using Kaecilius and his zealots to bring about the potential destruction of Earth - he does make an appearance towards the end of the movie.
More of a colossal demonic presence than a humanoid character, Dormammu is an enormous being which Strange is forced to confront… and this clearly toys with the idea that Doctor Strange must conquer his own demons.
“The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea,” said Derrickson. “Because no one understood Dormammu better than Benedict did. I also wrote that role to be a kind of ultra-inflated version of Strange. He is an ego run amok; he is this cosmic conqueror where everything, where literally everything in the multi-verse is about him.”
“There’s something interesting about this confrontation of this little, tiny guy who has this power of time and this monstrous conqueror who is trapped by a clever gambit. There’s something about that worked well, and I didn’t think anybody to interact with Benedict than he, himself.”
So there we have it - Benedict Cumberbatch is a Marvel hero and villain.
‘Doctor Strange’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. He’s joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen.
Scott Derrickson directed the movie, based on a script he co-wrote with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill.
‘Doctor Strange’ opened in cinemas on 25 October 2016.
Picture Credit: Marvel