'I'm going to get in a lot of trouble'

By Christopher Rosen
Updated July 23, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

Benedict Cumberbatch brought Doctor Strange to Comic-Con, and in an exclusive interview with EW, the actor discussed what fans can expect from the Sorcerer Supreme.

“He’s recognizably of our world,” Cumberbatch said. “He’s rich but he’s not a Stark. His past definitely informs who he is, as it obviously does with Tony Stark. And there’s a rich degree of backstory which I’m sure will just keep coming up through our films and the Avengers as well I guess. But the point is you recognize him hopefully as a trope, a type. Very alpha male, very arrogant. Brilliant at his job, but human. Alone at the top of his castle. It’s very Xandau-like, his life. He’s created a bubble of insularity. This is all about him going from a place where he thinks he knows it all to realizing he knows nothing.”

For Cumberbatch, the forthcoming film from director Scott Derrickson is all about the arc of bringing Doctor Strange from lone wolf to superhero. “There’s nothing normal about his character arc in this,” he teased, adding, “by the end of the film, he’s a superhero.”

As to where Doctor Strange fits in with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Cumberbatch added, “He’s kind of an in-brackets ‘defender.’ He hold stuff together in a way that’s not always immediately obvious and doesn’t always involve fighting a lot bad guys and stray bullets. There is that but he kind of tidies up the universe and makes sure nothing breaks through the boundaries.”

After EW senior writer Darren Franich joked that Strange was more important than his superhero co-workers, Cumberbatch agreed: “He is more important than all the Avengers put together,” he joked. “I’m going to get in a lot of trouble.”

Doctor Strange is out Nov. 4.