– by Joseph Jammer Medina

As we’re all quite used to by now, Marvel keeps a tight lid on things. You can never expect to learn much from an interview with an actor involved with one of their films. Still, Benedict Cumberbatch giving a few long-form responses regarding his first foray into the world of comic book movies is worth looking at. The British thespian sounds extremely confident with the team behind Doctor Strange, the 2016 film he’ll be the star of.

When asked by the Wall Street Journal if he thought there was any risk involved with taking the part, Cumberbatch had this to say:

“I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different, it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing. 

That answer implies the continued expansion of Marvel’s cinematic themes. We know they began delving further into the cosmic side of things with Guardians of The Galaxy. But here, Cumberbatch has confirmed what many of us assumed: They are now opening the door for the supernatural. 

The actor is known to be very spiritual, having once taught English to Tibetan monksin India, and being an avid practitioner of meditation. When asked if he might get the chance to return to the Himalayas while filming Doctor Strange– a location very closely to the character’s origin story- Cumberbatch states the following:

“Ahh … you’ll have to wait and see. I’m not going to be eked out on any spoilers or reveals now. It’s quite a way off but I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life.”

What do you think of Cumberbatch’s comments? Think he’s the right man for the job? Do you think it’s wise for Marvel to continue to expand the scope of its stories? It was only a few years ago that fans seemed to be clamoring for gritty realism in their comic book movies- with Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies being all the rage. Yet now we have Marvel, seemingly unafraid to tackle any kind of subject matter in its films.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.