Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It is predicted as the success of Marvel for this year. Well, not only will the script dazzle, with its developed characters, or the genre, which will be an unusual mix of horror and super; since the cast will be the most outstanding. Among them, the main figure, Benedict Cumberbatch, stands out. Cumberbatch has stood out in recent years in the world of entertainment for being an actor passionate about his work, giving each role that takes depth and seriousness.
Cumberbatch got his start in 2002 as the lead in a short film directed by Page Cameron. Hills like white elephants, based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. Although he was pleased with the short, Cumberbatch’s true passion was the silver screen. “Cinema was suddenly an emotion”commented to Guardian.
Cumberbatch’s career can be classified as varied, since he has played everything from superheroes to monsters; to finally iconic children’s movie characters. With this list we will show you five examples of Cumberbatch’s most outstanding roles and his chameleon-like ability to create good cinema.
1. Deciphering Enigma
Considered the father of modern science, from which the precursor to computing would emerge, Alan Turing became a symbol of the United Kingdom. The mathematician was the only one capable of deciphering Nazi codes during World War II, and thanks to this, his country was able to win in the conflict. Despite his noble contribution to world history, Turing was prosecuted for his sexual orientation and ended up the victim of chemical castration.
Directed by Morten Tyldum and released in 2014, Deciphering Riddle puts Cumbertach in the lead role. But it was not a simple biography, Turing’s passion for mathematics and his dedication to work were highlighted. Cumberbatch played a worthy role and showed the sensibility behind the earnest mathematician.
It was the first performance to earn him an Oscar nomination and worldwide recognition, although Cumberbatch preferred the role for deeper reasons. “It was about vindicating the memory of an exceptional man”Cumberbatch told Variety.
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Doctor Strange was always seen as a challenge for Marvel. Although the company was already standing out for its cinematographic successes back in 2016, there was always fear when adapting unknown characters from comics to the masses. Apart from that Doctor Strange was charged with the responsibility of implementing the concept of magic to the Cinematic Universe. Still, Marvel fans gave their thumbs up upon seeing the tech sheet; With Scott Derrickson (known for dealing in horror movies) at the helm and Cumberbatch in the lead role, the project would be hard-pressed to flop.
And it did not disappoint, because the film became another success. The film adapted the most striking comic book elements to portray in person, and the technical team did not disappoint by investing the entire production in creating surreal effects.
3. Star Trek: Into Darkness
As the sequel to a reimagining of one of science fiction’s oldest and most beloved franchises, expectations were high for Star Trek. Although Cumberbatch stood out as the main villain, there were many who criticized the plot for its script holes and others lamented how the director, JJ Abrams, had exchanged the philosophical aspect that the original carried. Star Trek by heap popcorn cinema. While he fell short of captivating audiences, Cumberbatch at least stood out for creating an antagonist up to the stature of Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk.
4. The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion’s adaptation of Thomas Savage’s book came to charm audiences in 2021. What most stood out was Cumberbatch’s performance and how he played a role so defined by its emotional restraint, its definition of masculinity, and its great inner fragility. Cumberbatch had to learn to use his body to play a character that used both dialogue and his body to convey his emotions. The role earned the actor his second Oscar nomination and unanimous recognition from the movie world as one of the best actors of his generation.
5. THE GRINCH
The Grinch and his attempted Christmas robberies are known all over the world. After an animated television adaptation and a movie starring Jim Carrey, many were curious how Illumination Studios would adapt the well-known story. After deciding to return to the medium of animation to tell this story, Cumberbatch was chosen as the voice of the cynical Grinch. Cumberbatch, who had previously voiced the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit, was enthusiastic about the idea. He brought empathy to the characters as well as cynicism, and his classic antics once again delighted us for the holidays.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It is only available to see in theaters.