Cumberbatch Has Two Roles In “Strange”

While Benedict Cumberbatch has the title role in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” film, it appears it is not the only role he has in the film.


IGN UK recently spoke with the film’s director Scott Derrickson who revealed Cumberbatch plays a secret second character – the iconic comics bad guy Dormammu who appears in the final act of the film.

The villain is a CG creation, one with separate voice and mo-cap performances. Derrickson says: “The voice was a British actor whose name I don’t know, and Benedict – Benedict did the facial capture for it.” Was this done to leave the door open for a bigger name star to take on the role later:

“No, no, it wasn’t that at all. We knew it was an all CG character, but as we were in production Benedict brought it up as an idea. He said, ‘What would you think about me doing it?’ I said, ‘Let me think about it, you know. It’s an interesting idea, because I did fancy the idea that as this other-dimensional being he’s not moving through the Dark Dimension, with a countenance, with eyes and a face, eyes and a mouth, and a human visage – why would he? He takes that form on to communicate with Strange.

The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea, because no one understood Dormammu better than Benedict did. I also wrote that role to be a kind of ultra-inflated version of Strange. He is an ego run amok; he is this cosmic conqueror where everything, where literally everything in the multi-verse is about him. There’s something interesting about this confrontation of this little, tiny guy who has this power of time and this monstrous conqueror who is trapped by a clever gambit. There’s something about that worked well, and I didn’t think anybody to interact with Benedict than he, himself.”

In the film, Dormammu bears little resemblance to his comic counterpart – instead appearing as a giant head made of energy from the Dark Dimension. The way it’s designed though, a more faithful version could appear should he make his presence felt on Earth.