Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently in full swing, and there are a number of highly anticipated blockbusters coming down the line. Chief among them is Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will also include Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. And Cumberbatch recently explained why he’s nervous about his first Marvel sequel.
After crossing over with the rest of the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the big screen with a role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But all eyes are on what Doctor Strange 2 will contain, especially with an iconic filmmaker like Sam Raimi behind the camera. But there are some nerves involved, as Cumberbatch recently explained,
Well, that makes a great deal of sense. Doctor Strange broke new ground for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adding in magic and spectacular visuals. And while Benedict Cumberbatch has spent more time as his signature character, he wants to meet the expectations that were set for The Multiverse of Madness.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s comments to Esquire help to show the pressure of playing a Marvel superhero. He’s had a strong tenure as the Sorcerer Supreme so far, but he wants to make sure that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is as successful as the first original film. Luckily there’s an A+ filmmaker attached.
Later in that same interview, Benedict Cumberbatch went on to explain the pressure that comes with expectations. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is massively popular, and means so many to the countless moviegoers who are following the franchise. In the Sherlock actor’s words,
The man’s got a point. Some of the biggest MCU success stories have come from lesser known properties like Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther. This has allowed filmmakers to take bigger risks, to great success. Doctor Strange was definitely in that group of projects, but now the audience is invested in Benedict Cumberbatch’s magical hero.
As previously mentioned, Marvel fans will get to catch up with Doctor Strange thanks to his supporting role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. He’s seen in the first trailer, seemingly ripping open the multiverse as a result of a spell gone wrong. As a reminder, you can check that out below.
Could this moment with Doctor Strange serve as the catalyst for his upcoming sequel? The Multiverse of Madness is an ominous title, as is the inclusion of Elizabeth Olsen’s newly crowned Scarlet Witch. But Sam Raimi ran a tight set, as there have been no real leaks or spoilers about the upcoming sequel.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently expected to arrive in theaters on May 6th, 2022. In the meantime, check out the 2021 movie release dates to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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