Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange again: “Dreams are our Multiverse”

The video interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, who returns to wear Steven Strange’s cloak in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Benedict Cumberbatch during a scene

He first shot Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, which won the Oscar for Best Director, in New Zealand, then Spider-Man: No Way Home and finally Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Benedict Cumberbatch really risked getting lost in all these different realities. And perhaps this work frenzy has been good for his interpretation in the new Marvel film, in Italian cinemas from May 4th.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Benedict Cumberbatch during a scene from the trailer

Directed by Sam Raimifinally back behind the camera nine years after The Great and Powerful Oz, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is one of the most experimental films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which, alongside the classic and consolidated scheme created by Kevin Feige, there are occasionally flashes of the director’s own original creativity.

This time, Steven Strange faces challenges on multiple fronts: he dreams of the lives of alternate versions of himself, he must attend a wedding he probably never wanted to attend, help a girl with unique power, America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) and look for Vishanti’s book. As Wong’s (Benedict Wong) help may not be enough, look for Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), who retired to the countryside after the facts seen in the WandaVision series. Dreams, sacrifices, teachings: we talked about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of madness with the actor Benedict Cumberbatchreached via Zoom.

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Doctor Strange: America Chavez arrives

In this film there is a new character: America Chavez. She is almost a student for Steven. You think having someone to teach something is good for him

You have to see how this dynamic develops. It might surprise you.

If this film can teach the audience anything, what is it in your opinion?

It is always better to be together than alone.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Xochitl Gomez in one scene

Doctor Strange: the sorcerer changes

Christine tells Strange that she can’t love him because he always wants to keep the knife by the handle. Do you think he is right?

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: a scene from the trailer

Certainly. He has always behaved like this. He’s the kind of person who always takes credit for ideas, he has to be the star in the operating room. He must always be in control. In this film the character changes: when he became a sorcerer he continued to think that the best way to help others is on his own. In this film he changes his point of view.

In this film, at least in the first few minutes, Strange uses the word sacrifice a lot. How important is it to make sacrifices when a greater good is at stake? How do you do? It’s not easy.

No, it isn’t, but it becomes when you start doing it: it makes you feel good. It is something that becomes a part of you when you try to help those less fortunate than you, or try to change your behavior for the sake of others. Changing and making sacrifices can be good for others as well as for ourselves. It can almost be addictive, like drinking. It feels good to exert that kind of willpower.

Doctor Strange and the importance of dreams

Another key word in the film is dreams: are they frightening you now?

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Elizabeth Olsen is Scarlet Witch in an image

It’s funny: before that, I shot Dog Power in New Zealand and Spider-Man in between. I’m used to putting the cape back on and playing it, but I think the dream work I did for that character influenced Strange as well. They are two films and two very different preparations, but they have influenced my work. I think dreams are our Multiverse – this is how we can experience these alternate realities. I am fascinated by what our brain is able to do: to enhance our experience and at the same time create impossible realities. Like flying a helicopter, or building one, or whatever you want. They provide us with alternate realities that are a magnificent source of creativity.

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