Benedict Cumberbatch was Originally Offered a Very Different MCU Role
It is incredibly hard to imagine him playing anyone else, but a recent interview revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch was originally offered a very different MCU role.
There are few Marvel roles that have come to be so defined by the individual who has taken up the character; from Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to Chris Evans’s Captain America, there are certain actors now synonymous with those personas.
It appears as though that sort of transcendent within a character is slowly occurring with veteran actor Benedict Cumberbatch in his portrayal of the iconic Marvel sorcerer, Doctor Strange.
A well-traveled actor, Cumberbatch has continually made a name for himself throughout various films and franchises; being so long revered for his brilliant portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, and then carrying that success over to memorable outings as villains like Kang in the Star Trek franchise.
With all of his work and accolades, it appears as though- slowly but surely- Cumberbatch is entering the rarified air of some of the MCU’s most iconic performers; the Hemsworth, Evans, and Downey’s of the world.
But the very strange reality is that this all could maybe have never been; as in a recent interview, it came to light that Benedict Cumberbatch was originally offered a much different MCU role.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1 (as reported by ComicBook.com) Cumberbatch talks about the character that MArvel originally sought him out to portray, and it was a short-lived villain in one f other MCU’s poorest received films.
“[The Doctor Strange role] happened as an idea muted after, funnily enough, another little dance I did for another character in the MCU, a very brief character,” Cumberbatch stated, after then confirming it was the role of Malekith in Thor: The Dark World.
Cumberbatch continued by stating, “I was bold enough to say, ‘I’m really flattered to be invited to the party, but I’d rather hold out for something a bit juicier.”
Thank goodness that he did, as Cumberbatch has proven- through the undeniable success of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– that his tenure as Strange has proven monumentally important to the transitional Phase Four of the MCU.