Marvel Delayed Doctor Strange For Benedict Cumberbatch

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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.


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    What astounds me is even with him doing Doctor Strange we're still getting a new season of Sherlock next year (which cannot come soon enough, as someone who JUST finished season 3).

      Sherlock season 4 doesn't really surprise anyone watching the show for a while, it's been over 2 years since season 3 finished (and us long term Sherlock fans are CHOMPING at the bit for s4 trust me!) and it'll be 3 years by the time 4 airs!!!

      What *really* pisses me off honestly is Dr Who was delayed a year so Moffat could go direct Sherlock... because he's too arrogant to have stepped down from Dr Who sooner :\

        Damn, I thought season 3 was only last year, and they were still on top of the every 2nd year schedule. I didn't realise it came out in 2014!

        Nah I heard Moffat essentially finished his Doctor Who run (hence last season wrapping up his whole run in a neat tidy package) but BBC really wanted him on for one more while they sorted out getting a new guy, so he did it on the requirement of a year break despite thinking he'd essentially already stepped down. But at least we get Class this year with Capaldi cameos, hopefully will make up for it.

          He did an interview a short while back declaring next season is his final season, Capaldis likely as well. He put Who on the backburner to get Sherlock out the door. It's not a huge deal, as I'd rather them take their time rather than end up with a first season of Capaldi again (his last season was a ripper though and he himself is an awesome Doctor!)

            I'm not a Dr Who watcher, but I remember hearing something about the doctor only having a limited number of regenerations... and that Capaldi would be the last doctor (the 13th, I think).

            Did they ever come up with a way around that?

              Yep. He reached his final regeneration with Matt Smith's doctor, as David Tennants doctor actually regenerated *twice*, the second time, he was damaged and regenerated but opted to keep his 'Tennant' form.

              In the original series, the Time Lords interfered once with The Master and reset his regenerations, as The Master had reached his final regen. Spoilers, so I'll spoiler tag, The Doctor, as Matt Smith, aged to being a very, very old man in his final form in Smiths final ep, due to living on a planet with a group of people and never leaving, an invasion happened, and he ended up sacrificing himself. At the last moment, the Time Lords, persuaded by Jenna Colemen, interfered and granted the Doctor a whole brand new set of regenerations. So essentially, Capaldi even though he's *technically* the 13th actor, is the 14th regen, or 1st brand new one. They even refer to Tennant's reluctance and double regen in the episode itself.

                How can there have been time lords left for Jenna Coleman to persuade?
                Isn't Dr Who supposed to be the last time lord living?

                  Wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.

                  Plus the BBC always had an emergency backup plan in case of lack of regeneration. Always imagined it would be a secret letter with some Deus Ex Machina ideas outlined on it.

    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,” Cumbermatch added.

    @alexwalker Which is it?! Cumberbatch or Cumbermatch?!?! :P Sometimes I like to use Cumbercatch personally.

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