The stars of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” materializes on not one but two covers for Empire Magazine’s November issue.
The newsstand edition depicts Benedict Cumberbatch casting a spell as the Sorcerer Supreme, while the subscriber cover features a group shot of Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One and Benedict Wong as Wong.
The new images don’t reveal too much that fans haven’t seen. Cumberbatch wears Strange’s signature ensemble, complete with the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto. Swinton’s outfit still doesn’t look very Celtic, although Marvel previously responded to criticisms of whitewashing by stating that “in this particular film the embodiment [of the Ancient One] is Celtic.”
Cumberbatch also revealed in an interview with Empire that scheduling almost cost him the role of the Master of the Mystic Arts. By the time casting for the film was under way, he had already signed on for the title role in the London Barbican’s fall 2015 production of “Hamlet.” That obligation would have kept him out of contention given the film’s original summer 2016 release date.
“If you can’t jump on board when the ride’s going past, that’s usually it,” Cumberbatch said. However, for director Scott Derrickson, Cumberbatch was “the only actor we seriously considered … It’s got to be Benedict.” The film was moved back to a fall 2016, and Cumberbatch was able to take the role.
“The hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me,” Cumberbatch said, “It motivated me to try to fulfil their faith in me.”
The November issue of Empire arrives on newsstands on Sept. 29. “Doctor Strange” hits theaters on Nov. 4.
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