In November 2016, Doctor Strange took the Marvel Cinematic Universe by storm by introducing Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. The film became a hit by embracing action, comedy, and magic in ways that the MCU had never done before, but the process wasn't an easy one for everyone involved. In fact, in a recent interview, Doctor Strange actor Scott Adkins opened up and revealed that he nailed Cumberbatch in the chest while filming one of the movie's standout fight scenes where the two were fighting while running up a building. Adkins explained how they were filming the same scene over and over again and he wasn't hitting the mark, until a series of unfortunate events led to him totally kicking the other actor. He said:
The scene in question takes place toward the end of Doctor Strange's second act when Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his goons stage an all-out assault on the Sanctum Sanctorum. Benedict Cumberbatch and Scott Adkins got to exchange some impressive fake blows during the fight sequence, but in his comments on the Empire podcast, Akins revealed that the pressure of filming the scene led to one kick getting a bit too real during a later take. Luckily, Cumberbatch was fine and seemed to take the whole thing in good spirits, at least per what Scott Adkins said.
The good news is that the final product came off without a hitch, and you can check out a clip from that badass fight sequence, below!
Despite how painful this whole ordeal sounds for Benedict Cumberbatch, there's also a sense that things might not get any easier for The Sorcerer Supreme going forward. Stephen Strange will appear in Avengers: Infinity War and play an integral role in the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin) and The Black Order, so much of the marketing material for the film seemingly suggests that the mystic hero will find himself put through a physical and mental wringer -- particularly in his conflict with Ebony Maw. Cumberbatch himself has also hinted at the possibility of Strange's death, so we will have to keep an eye out for all of the pain that the character (and by extension, the actor) may go through as the next Marvel story unfolds.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.