(WARNING: The following contains gigantic, hulking SPOILERS for Marvel's soon-to-released Doctor Strange. If you'd rather not know any details about the film's plot, including its ending, then read on with caution, yet safe in the knowledge that the truly SPOILER-ific content is firmly hidden behind a protective blurred box.)
Now, while #DoctorStrange may still be a little over a week away from hitting theaters in the US, its international release is already well underway, with several markets already having had the chance to meet the good doctor in the movie theater of their choosing. That, of course, is the inevitable result of #MarvelStudios' policy of releasing its movies slightly earlier in some international markets in order to generate "buzz" going into the US opening weekend, but that doesn't exactly make the wait any less torturous for North American fans.
The one plus side of the situation, though? It gives us all the chance to find out exactly what to look out for in the movie, even as it forces us to actively avoid a whole heap of giant, ever-infuriating #SPOILERS. With that in mind, then, it seemed appropriate to investigate the latest #BenedictCumberbatch-themed rumblings from Doctor Strange in both SPOILER-filled and SPOILER-free fashion. Y'see...
It Seems That Benedict Cumberbatch Plays More Than One Part In Doctor Strange
And yet, if you haven't already seen the movie, telling you exactly what part he plays would constitute a pretty darned huge SPOILER. As such, let's treat this like a choose your own adventure novel for a minute of two. First up?
Chapter One: Wait, Where Are You Again?
You're reading an article on your favorite movie news-themed website, when suddenly you're struck by an unusual situation: Some writer has wandered off into a weird choose your own adventure novel-like format. You look out your window for a moment to distract yourself from the ridiculousness of that decision. Do you see:
- The vivid autumnal leaves of a North American Fall? Go to Chapter Two.
- The slightly less vivid autumnal leaves of most other countries' Falls? Go to Chapter Three.
- No autumnal leaves at all, because you live in a state that doesn't bother with that whole "seasons" thing? Go to Chapter Two, and feel strangely smug, yet somewhat lacking in red foliage.
Chapter Two: America, The Slightly Delayed
After looking proudly out your window at the fine state of statistically-speaking-not-Delaware, you return to the odd choose your own adventure-style article in front of you. Knowing that you haven't seen Doctor Strange yet, possibly because #Marvel head honcho #KevinFeige is actively trying to ruin your life, you opt not to read any giant plot spoilers for the film. Instead, you read this paragraph, which advises you to keep your eyes out for an obviously CGI-ed character towards the end of the movie. That character? Totally motion-captured by Benedict Cumberbatch. Don't worry, that'll seem way more interesting when you watch the movie. Please enjoy this trailer in the meantime:
What now, though?
- "I'd like to read the GIANT, HULKING SPOILER now please." Go to Chapter Four.
- "I'd like to read more about Doctor Strange in a less unusual setting, please." Go to this here handy overview page.
- "I honestly don't know why you're doing this, and refuse to engage any further in this ridiculous exercise. Seriously, dude."
Chapter Three: So, You're Not In The US, Eh?
You look out your window at the very-much-not-in-the-USA scenery, and bask in the simple joy of not having to decide how to vote in the 2016 Presidential election. Soon, though, you turn back to the odd choose-your-own-adventure article in front of you. You think back fondly to last night. What do you remember about it, though?
- Going to see Doctor Strange, and thus knowing exactly what happens at the end of it. Go to Chapter Four.
- Not going to see Doctor Strange, and being kind of mad about it. Go to Chapter Two, and ignore all of that stuff about Delaware.
- So. Many. Clowns. Too many, even. Go find Real-Life Batman. He'll help.
Chapter Four: Welcome To The Spoiler-Dome
You've made it this far, oh fearless traveler. Congratulations. Your reward? A large, spoiler-protecting blurred box, which will — should you click on it — reveal a pretty darned huge SPOILER about the final moments of Doctor Strange. Don't say we didn't warn you!
In the final moments of Doctor Strange, the good doctor comes face to face with the giant CGI-ed figure of the Dread Dormammu. Who, as it turns out, was motion-captured by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch. Yup, that's right, as well as playing the hero of the movie, Cumberbatch also played (though didn't voice) the Big Bad too. As the film's director, Scott Derrickson, explains:
"We knew it was an all CG character, but as we were in production Benedict brought it up as an idea. 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... The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea... Because no one understood Dormammu better than Benedict did."
What do you think, though? Was having Cumberbatch play two parts in Doctor Strange a good call? Let us know below!