Benedict Cumberbatch talks about his experience with Marvel Studios
In a big interview with the Talks, benedict Cumberbatch talks about his experience with Marvel Studios playing Doctor Strange. And as much as he loves it,
and as much as he’s loved everything he’s done, he believes that the character has had a lot of his emotional weight and scenes reduced to nothing, if not completely sidelined by the amount of action and just things going on in every film and scene.
Okay, so to break down a lot of what he was saying in terms of character development, what’s going on and what happens, he essentially looks back at his time as Dr. Strange so far and says that if you look at it, the character’s development has kind of taken a backseat.
And he talks about how you started with Dr. Strange, and that’s a character-driven film. And then you go to the Avengers films, where he starts showing up, where he plays a prominent role. But those films aren’t about character development.
|Full Name||Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch|
|Date of Birth||July 19, 1976|
|Place of Birth||London, England|
|Education||Harrow School, University of Manchester, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art|
|Notable Works||Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock”, Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness”, Doctor Strange in Marvel Cinematic Universe|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award, BAFTA Television Award, Critics’ Choice Television Award|
They are there as characters to service the story. And the characters in these movies don’t really get a lot to do outside of the main characters that are to focus.
Obviously, he’s talking about Dr. Strange being kind of a second character or even a third tier character in a film like Infinity War and Endgame, where the focus has to be put on other more important sensual characters who, obviously we know by the end of Endgame, are going to be gone and or die. So he says that this is one of those things where you just don’t have enough time.
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It restricts the growth of the character, restricts the flow, restricts the movement. And as far as he’s concerned, he believes that this has kind of become a dominant force in these films, where the big event films, you don’t get character development. You just get the spectacle.
And I’m just going to have to agree with him, because he’s right. This is one criticism you can toss at every single giant film that’s a giant crossover like this. And most of them are just the Avengers films, really, because nobody else has been able to pull it off.
You sacrifice a lot, and that’s unfortunate, especially when you go from Dr. Strange one to Dr. Strange two, being more than half a decade. Again, there’s all these cameos and small things he can do, but his character’s growth is largely done off screen. So when you get to the film, it has to move rapidly. And he’s just another, I guess, cog in the wheel, right? He’s just there. He’s helping move the machine.
And that is unfortunate. And I get his frustration, and I 100% agree with it. That’s been one of my criticisms. Outside the two Doctor Strange films, he’s largely just kind of glorified cameos, and the guy that shows up who has more powers than we saw before, it’s just kind kind of how it goes. It’s unfortunate, but that’s where we’re at.