As part of Empire magazines autumn and winter preview, the publication headed into the Quantum Realm for an exclusive natter with Stephen Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game). The erstwhile Sherlock actor joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year in Scott Derrickson's (Sinister) Doctor Strange, and he admitted to being stunned at the footage at this year's San Diego Comic Con.
"Some bits made me think, 'Wow. God. That's what I'm part of,'" he told Empire, after watching the Inception (2010) style city bending. "You have conceptual art that they show you, but you only really realise what you're part of at the end of the process. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the effects while we were shooting, because a lot of them were real elements, whether it was sets that make a room miniscule, or the costume designs."
Cumberbatch talked a little about what drew him to the mystical superhero project in the first place. "The lure as an actor is the script, the director, Kevin [Feige], and talking about how to make a character written in the '60s and '70s relevant now," he said. "To make him slightly less arrogant. Arrogant, but also humorous."
Cumberbatch also spoke glowingly of the big cape moment glimpsed in the latest trailer, where Strange whips his signature red costume around his shoulders in flamboyant fashion – "It was wonderful to see that moment get a cheer. He's really earned it by then."
Doctor Strange, meanwhile, arrives in cinemas from 28 October.