Benedict Cumberbatch has suggested that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could end up reaching Spider-Man: No Way Home’s level of success.
Speaking to Empire Magazine, the Sorcerer Supreme actor considered how the forthcoming Doctor Strange sequel may perform when it opens exclusively in theaters on May 6. He shared his belief that the Multiverse of Madness could end up being as big a hit as Tom Holland’s Spidey trilogy-capper, which collected $1.86 billion at the worldwide box office.
“It’s a big, big movie. It’s going to be an absolute riot. And if it brings off the level of ambition it’s got, we’re going to have a success on the level of Spidey,” Cumberbatch teased about his next solo outing as the Master of Mystic Arts in the MCU, confidently assuring that he would put his “flag in the sand” alongside these claims about the movie’s potential success.
Peter Parker’s latest web-slinging adventure shattered several box office records upon its release in December. The Marvel blockbuster crossed $1 billion overseas and also managed to break Avatar’s record domestically to become the third highest grossing film in U.S. history, with that feat coming 60 days after the Holland and Zendaya-led film hit cinemas stateside.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, with Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme traversing the “mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary” and push the boundaries of the Multiverse further than ever before — with seemingly surprising results.
“There’s a lot of reckoning,” Cumberbatch added of the film. “Strange is almost a stranger to himself before this film unfolds and reveals what, essentially, is in his nature, that he then has to either confront or resist or fall into or become. There are some very bold ideas, and some extraordinary tests of Strange and encounters. There are some very unexpected conclusions.”
Doctor Strange 2 is out in theaters on May 6, and promises to see quite a few returning faces, including Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo, Rachel McAdams’ Christine Palmer, Elizabeth Olson’s Wanda Maximoff, and Benedict Wong’s Wong. Xochitl Gomez also stars as America Chavez, a member of the Young Avengers (in the comics anyway).
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