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One of the most successful parts of Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy was, surprisingly enough, "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" - the mix tape possessed by none other than Peter "Star-Lord" Quill (Chris Pratt). With all of the album sales, and public interest, the tape had amassed with the viewing public, custom character curated playlists could become the rage among other MCU characters if those in charge would let them. And no one knows that better than Doctor Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, as he's just created the perfect playlist for those of you who love to travel through musical history in the course of a single session.
Collider caught up with one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's more recently added superheroes, giving Benedict Cumberbatch the perfect opportunity to fill in the rest of the mix tape blanks for Dr. Stephen Strange. His rather eclectic choices can be read below, but we must warn that if you haven't seen the film yet, spoilers for the soundtrack to Doctor Strange:
It would be an awesome mixtape, I should get Scott on to that, definitely. Oh, I don't know, I mean, there's lots of stuff I listen to which [Stephen Strange] may, he may listen to. I think, you know, Radiohead would feature, Elbow. I'm just mentioning all my favorite bands. No, I mean, if he can go from Chuck Mangione to Pink Floyd, I think you're covering a lot of bases. It would be a very, very interesting time as a DJ. And why not? Why not?
Now we're mostly experts of cinema and television here at CinemaBlend, but that's not going to stop us from saying that if Doctor Strange ever dropped a random album with the playlist Benedict Cumberbatch mentioned above, it'd most assuredly be magic in musical form. Any playlist that somehow mixes Pink Floyd and Chuck Mangione along with Radiohead and Elbow is something that could not only aid in the time manipulation process, but could also lead to an entertaining reel of Mr. Cumberbatch dancing on the set of any Marvel film he participates in.
While he certainly isn't required by any means to have his own "Mystical Mix Vol. 1," it's undeniable how popular the practice became when Guardians of the Galaxy used it back in 2014. Not only was "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" a Billboard chart topper in the Soundtrack realm, it also did so without releasing any new music whatsoever. Differing from the norm of creating a soundtrack of recent artists, with songs that barely (if ever) feature in the movie the album is promoting, the Guardians soundtrack tapped into that warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia, while helping you get to know Star Lord a little better. So again, it doesn't need to happen, but we wouldn't be opposed to seeing Stephen Strange's musical tastes on display on Amazon anytime soon.
Doctor Strange hits sale shelves today on Blu-ray and DVD, with the Digital HD version already available. Now if you'll excuse us, we're going to probably start dreaming up some fantasy playlists for Stephen Strange's iPod.