The Entertainment Weekly cover shoot was one of the first times Cumberbatch wore the full Doctor Stephen Strange costume and even used the session as an opportunity to try out a few spell casting poses.
"I'm still in the infancy of learning all that," Cumberbatch told the magazine. "It was like, okay, I've got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically. I'm thinking, there's going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I'm still working on that. We haven't played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It's like anything, you just have to experiment."
Cumberbatch is bringing to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The mysterious Doctor started as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he ends up in the care of a mystical healer known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he is taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.
With Rachel McAdams (About Time) on board as a fellow New York based medic who serves as Strange's main connection back to humanity, and Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) as the main villain, Doctor Strange arrives in the UK on 28 October.