The Sherlock actress was asked about the risks of the role, and if he read the comics as he was growing up.
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken of his latest role as Doctor Strange in Marvel's new movie of the same name. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal the actor was asked about the risk of taking the part, saying:
"I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel. Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different, it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing. I’ve got a few things to get under my belt first."
He was also asked whether he would be filming for the new movie in the Himalayas, a prominent place in Doctor Strange's origin story:
"Ahh … you’ll have to wait and see. I’m not going to be eked out on any spoilers or reveals now. It’s quite a way off but I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life."
Cumberbatch had never read the Doctor Strange comics whilst growing up, be he confirms that he is reading them "avidly" now.