Marvel movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch will be released later this year
A new Doctor Strange teaser trailer linking the character to The Avengers has surfaced online.
The one minute clip sees Tilda Swanton’s character The Ancient One explaining the connection.
“We harness energy and shape reality,” she tells Doctor Strange played by Benedict Cumberbatch, before the character Wong explains: “The Avengers protect the world from physical dangers. We safeguard it against more mystical threats.” You can watch the trailer below.
Doctor Strange is also expected to play a significant role in the forthcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie.
The new trailer was timed to coincide with the announcement that 15 minutes of Doctor Strange will be shown free to Marvel fans in 115 North American IMAX cinemas on October 10 at 7pm.
Cumberbatch stars in the forthcoming superhero movie as Doctor Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who “discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions” following a serious car accident. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) is directing the film from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus).
Cumberbatch recently revealed that he almost lost out on the lead role because of a scheduling conflict.
Marvel initially wanted to start shooting the hotly-anticipated superhero movie last autumn, when the actor was already contracted to appear on stage in a production of Hamlet at London’s Barbican.
Director Scott Derrickson recalls being told by Cumberbatch, “I can’t bail out of Hamlet. I’ve given my word.”
Other actors including Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling all met with Derrickson to discuss the role, but Marvel boss Kevin Feige decided that “it’s got to be Benedict” and pushed back production so that he could accept the part.
Cumberbatch said: “If you can’t jump on board when the ride’s going past, that’s usually it, so the hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me. It motivated me to try to fulfill their faith in me.”
Doctor Strange will be released on October 28 in the UK, and in the US on November 4.