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Cumberbatch Responds to Avengers: Infinity War Stand-In Rumors

Benedict Cumberbatch has addressed rumors that he will not appear in “Avengers: Infinity War,” but rather his likeness will be portrayed by a stand-in. Cumberbatch, whose role as Thomas Edison in “The Current War” overlaps with filming for the upcoming Infinity Gauntlet-focused film, shot down the rumor, claiming he’ll be there in the flesh, and indicating that it will be for more than just a late re-shoot session.

“I think it’s a bit of an exaggeration,” said Cumberbatch in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “There’s a great deal that can be done in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and any comic universe. Whether it’s hiding a pregnancy, to having someone there who’s on another side of the world, but there’s only so much they can do without you. So, I’ll be there. Don’t worry.”

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The original “Infinity Gauntlet” arc ran from July to December, 1991 and was penned by writer Jim Starlin, with art by George Perez and Ron Lim. The arc featured Doctor Strange heavily, alongside characters both mystical and galactic, like Adam Warlock and the Silver Surfer. Such characters have yet to be introduced in Marvel’s cinematic universe, though, and Doctor Strange’s overall role in the upcoming film remains something of a mystery.

Despite the surrounding mystique, Cumberbatch has had time to look over the script for “Avengers: Infinity War,” and he likes what he sees.

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“I’ve got a script and I’ve been reading it and it’s very, very good fun,” said Cumberbatch.

Debuting in theaters May 4, 2018, “Avengers: Infinity War” is a production of Marvel Studios directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, starring Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Chris Pratt.

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