Recently, Benedict Cumberbatch — famous not just for his Marvel character, but also for roles in properties like “The Imitation Game” and “Power of the Dog” — was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The event was livestreamed by Variety, and the star was presented to the actor by two major cinematic figures who have worked with him in the past — JJ Abrams and Kevin Feige.
Momentous as the occasion was, what stole the spotlight for Marvel fans was, arguably, Feige’s praise of Cumberbatch’s Strange — where he revealed that he was the actor, not Marvel, who first pitched himself for the role of the iconic Marvel magic user. “I remember our very first meeting was set up as a general, and we wanted to pitch him this great character, and before we could, he said ‘So tell me about Doctor Strange,’ because [Benedict] knew,” Feige said. “Because somewhere [Benedict] knew what this could be and [he’s] always seen the tremendous potential in this character.”
Intriguing as this is, Feige went even further in highlighting Cumberbatch’s importance not just to the MCU’s past, but also the franchise’s future, stating that, “You’ve become the anchor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the only actor capable of guiding us through the madness of the multiverse.”
High praise, indeed. And with Feige’s faith in Cumberbatch’s strength as Doctor Strange, the expectations from the upcoming movie have only increased. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” arrives in theaters on May 6.