Doctor Strange wasn't supposed to be launching this late in the year: it was originally slated for the middle of the year. But in a new interview, Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that Marvel wanted him to play the role so badly that they bumped the movie's release.
Cumberbatch, who plays Stephen Strange in the upcoming superhero film, had already agreed to do Hamlet in 2015 as well as his ongoing commitment to the Sherlock series. As a result, it seemed likely that he wouldn't be able to commit to Marvel's schedule. "If you can’t jump on board when the ride’s going past. that’s usually it," he told Empire.
But rather than moving on to their next selection, director Scott Derrickson lobbied Marvel to keep Cumberbatch on. Marvel agreed, and as a result the film was pushed to October 27 in Australia (and November 4 in the United States).
"The hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me. It motivated me to try to fulfil their faith in me," Cumberbatch added.