Actor Benedict Cumberbatch brings his dedication and commitment to each of his big screen roles, and the master of the mystical arts in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is no exception. Beyond the sheer emotion he put into many of his scenes as Stephen Strange, the actor also showed his commitment through his facial hair.
Speaking to co-star Elizabeth Olsen for LADbible TV, Cumberbatch touched on Strange’s look and alluded to the “offensive” appearance of his goatee. He then revealed that, unlike previous appearances, he actually grew most of the goatee for the recently released film himself, living with it for a while. In his previous appearances as Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch wore a prosthetic goatee which the actor said limited his facial expressions.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will see not one, but several different variations of Stephen Strange, from all over the multiverse. Audiences have seen several glimpses, including a Zombie Strange and Supreme-esque Strange character in the many Marvel Studios movie trailers and clips.
Including the recently released film, Cumberbatch has appeared as Doctor Strange in six films, beginning in 2016. Multiverse of MadnessStrange played a vital role in Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Avengers: Endgame and Infinity War. While that’s a solid list of appearances for the character, Cumberbatch recently said he’s not quite done with the role just yet.
In a recent interview, Cumberbatch was asked if he could see himself playing the role for the next decade. He said: “If they keep me, and that, interesting and evolve him and try to perform to his full potential as a character, I think there’s a lot of places for him to explore. So yeah , Go for it.”
The latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already proven to be a huge hit. On its first day in theaters, the film grossed over $90 million domestically. Current box office projections suggest it’s on track to earn $200 million, which would make it the highest-grossing film to date in 2022. For comparison, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally expected to gross around $160 million in its opening weekend.
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