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Benedict Cumberbatch says he was surprised by the prominence of Doctor Strange in the MCU

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has laid the foundation for an exciting future for Benedict Cumberbatch’s character.

  • Akshay Krishna

Last Updated: 08.35 AM, Jun 21, 2022

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Benedict Cumberbatch says he was surprised by the prominence of Doctor Strange in the MCU

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Marvel fans were treated to yet another visual experience with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The highly-anticipated movie, which was the second standalone Doctor Strange project, also gave the leading sorcerer’s story more prominence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Cumberbatch has now explained how he was surprised by the hero's role in the MCU. 

In an interview with New Indian Express, Cumberbatch said, “I’m still surprised at how prominent he (Doctor Strange) has become. I always knew there was amazing potential there because of all the aspects to the character, but I definitely had no idea that we would get to be at this point with the multiverse aspect when we started out.”

While the MCU movies and heroes have been in action for a long time now, Doctor Strange debuted in Scott Derrickson’s 2017 movie, Doctor Strange. He was then an important player as the heroes of the world took on Thaos and his army in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. The character got a lot more action in the record setting hit, Spider-Man: No Way Home. 

Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which also stars Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch in equal prominence, has now left chances for Doctor Strange’s character to grow in the MCU. 

Still slated to take the position as Sorcerer Supreme from Wong, the hero is already seen as a leader of the franchise, despite only having two standalone movies. While he is still not technically a part of the Avengers or whatever the studio has planned going forward for the superhero team, he is a fan-favourite superhero and we can expect to see a lot more of him. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, and Rachel McAdams, will be available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar from June 22. 

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