Benedict Cumberbatch Explains What Really Makes Doctor Strange a Superhero

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" is only a couple months away, and while we eagerly await witnessing the Sorcerer Supreme's mystic powers in action, star Benedict Cumberbatch says he believes it's Stephen Strange's more human qualities that truly make him so strong.

"This man reaches the very bottom and then more," Cumberbatch said in an interview with EW. "You think, How much more can this guy take? He's broken, he gets up again, he's broken -- and that's really what makes him a superhero."

In the comic books, Stephen Strange finds himself in a crippling car accident that ruins his prowess as a renowned surgeon before traveling to Nepal to study the arcane arts. It's there that he discovers his true calling as the world's Master of the Mystic Arts.

"A lot of people have asked me, 'What makes him a superhero?' That's really the answer I should have given...It's about his staying power. It's a marathon and not a sprint. The guy endures so much."

Cumberbatch certain has a point, although training from the Ancient One, a Cloak of Levitation and the powerful artifact known as the Eye of Agamotto certainly don't hurt, either. Audiences can see all these in action when "Doctor Strange," co-starring Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Chiwetel Ejiofor hits theaters on November 4.

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