Benedict Cumberbatch films ‘Doctor Strange’ in NYC: amazing or meh?


Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor have been filming Marvel’s Doctor Strange for months now. The filming has taken them from Nepal to London and now to New York. On Saturday, paparazzi got photos of Chiwetel and Benedict filming on the streets of New York, and both men were in their full Strange costumes. This is actually our first look at both of them in their big superhero/villain costumes. I mean, we had a glance (sort of) of the costumes while they were shooting in Nepal, and Benedict has also already been on the cover of Entertainment Weekly in his Doctor Strange gear. But this is different. We get to see the whole look and how it moves and the weirdness of Benedict’s hairpiece and face merkin.

Benedict is playing Doctor Stephen Strange and Chiwetel is Baron Mordo. Tilda Swinton is the Ancient One and Rachel McAdams is… well, we’re still not entirely sure. Chiwetel and Benedict are old friends and they notably worked together on 12 Years a Slave. Chiwetel had been looking to join up with a successful franchise for a while (he flirted with the James Bond franchise but ended up walking away), and I think it’s good for him to join up with Marvel. That being said, his expression in some of these photos is set to “FML.” Maybe that’s because Benedict Strange and Chiwetel Mordo had to run down the street and jump as high as possible like a million times in a row?

I’m assuming that there will be lots of special effects, like magical light beams floating off of Doctor Strange’s fingertips, which is why some of these photos look… odd. Oh well! I’m enjoying them though. Bendy had been wanting to do something with Marvel for the longest time. I’m glad he finally got this role.




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  1. A. Key says:

    I desperately want this ridiculous comic book/ superhero trend to be finally over.

    • Prairiegirl says:

      Not me! I love taking my tween to these, and these films are turning him into a graphic novels fan. They’re certainly not for everyone though, nor are they meant to be.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Oh, I could scream. Please make it stop.

      ETA ok, Prairiegirl, that’s a good argument in favor. I’ll try to just ignore.

    • Bettyrose says:

      ITA, A.Key, but comic characters seem like such a natural fit for Cumby.

    • Eve says:

      Oh, for Leonard Cohen’s sake! It’s a genre (part of a larger genre: adventure/ fantasy). It is not a trend.

      Every thread, eeeeeeeeeevery thread there’s someone trying to dictate what others should or shouldn’t see.

      Nobody is forcing you to watch them, for crying out loud!

      It’s actually the other around: I’m not supposed to see my favorite characters in badass movies because there are people wanting them to stop being made. How dare you!

      Don’t like them, don’t watch them. It’s as simple as that.

      • lilacflowers says:

        I support your right to see your favorite characters in badass movies and will do my small financial part by buying a ticket occasionally. I’ll see this one because I enjoy the way the MCU interconnects and, well, Mads and Chiwetel.

      • Eve says:

        @ Lilacflowers:

        Oh, my…I had forgotten Mads Mikkelsen is in this.

        Look, I didn’t mean to attack anyone or sound aggressive. But it gets tiresome, you know?

        I HATE those legally blonde movies. So there’s this magic device called remote control. The moment I see Witherspoon in pink on screen, I click on the thing and the annoying movie about an annoying blonde disappears! It’s amazing.

      • lilacflowers says:

        I thought you sounded perfectly reasonable. I often feel the same way when I see people on threads saying don’t post about a particular actor/actress any more. Why do they want to deprive others of what brings joy? Just don’t click on the thread or do and make snide remarks about why you dislike said actor/actress, don’t go see the film or watch the television show but let others have what they enjoy. I don’t watch anything Kardashian but I don’t beg for threads about them to be stopped. And Leo DiCaprio leaves me cold so I tend to avoid the threads about him and whatever 23 year old model he had drinks with but if others enjoy them, and clearly they do, so be it.

        And yes, Mads is in this! And Chiwetel! And Mads!

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        “Oh, for Leonard Cohen’s sake!” Loved the expression… :D
        And you’re right, I also like super heroes movies, used to read comics when I was a kid, mostly X-men, spiderman and batman…

        Never read Dr Strange, so I guess I’ll enjoy the movie, since I have no expectations whatsoever because I don’t know his background story… :)

      • Eve says:

        @ Solanacaea:

        Since I’m an atheist, Leonard Cohen is the closest thing to a god to me (he’s a human being so he’s bound to have flaws and make mistakes, I’m aware of that).

        I love him, love his songs because he manages to put into words almost every feeling I’ve ever felt.

        The holy trinity is: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

      • lilacflowers says:

        That trio is quite the Trinity. Imagine if they ever performed together?

      • Eve says:

        @ Lilacflowers:

        I owe them a lot of years of my life. When things start getting seriously dark, I like to think: “But there’s still Leonard Cohen”.

        They helped me improve my English, their lyrics ACTUALLY mean something and so on…they must outlive me. I haven’t been dealing well with loss.

        P.S.: I’m still sad for Bowie, and Nick Cave lost a son last year (I feel for him). And my Bruna (the cat) disappeared. My queen, the furry thing that ruled my small little world.

        2016 doesn’t seem to like me so far.

      • betsyh says:

        Eve, So sorry about Bruna, such a sad loss.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        2016 has been brutal all around.

        My wish for Bruna is that when she became lost, she was found and given a safe home by someone who will care for and love her as you do.

      • Sadezilla says:

        Oh Eve, I’m so sorry about your kitty! Hugs to you, and positive thoughts that she’s somewhere safe, and is well-loved.

        Also, HONK for Tom Waits!

      • Eve says:

        Thank you all.

        I know I sound like a broken record but that’s because I really think about her all the time.

        It’s heartbreaking not knowing where she is.

  2. lilacflowers says:

    Did Marvel decide to cut the costume budget and just give Chiwetel cast off pieces of Loki costumes?

  3. bread says:

    It’s probably because I’m not a superhero movie fan but there is something quite ridiculous about two 40-something men dressed in over-the-top costumes (what is that red collar?! And that necklace?) and a LEGO wig for Cumberbatch, running and jumping around in a public street playing make-believe.

    • Jellybean says:

      Utterly ridiculous! Which is why I can’t take my comic book heroes without a good dose of humour. I will continue to watch these films as long as they continue to cast some of the finest screen actors around; I always enjoy seeing them, even when they are doing something silly, and I appreciate that it then gives them the money and clout to go on and do other projects which are less marketable.

      • SusanneToo says:

        That’s my attitude exactly. I love seeing respected actors taking on these roles and then going back to Shakespeare or small, independent films. Plus, I take my 13 yo grandson and we have fun.(He did have to go to BvS with friends-I’m skipping that one.)

    • Emma - The JP Lover says:

      @Bread, who wrote: “It’s probably because I’m not a superhero movie fan but there is something quite ridiculous about two 40-something men dressed in over-the-top costumes (what is that red collar?! And that necklace?) and a LEGO wig for Cumberbatch, running and jumping around in a public street playing make-believe.”

      :) Well, it ‘is’ the outfit Dr. Strange wore after his days of being a physician (a surgeon) ended due to an injury to his hands. Here is a link to some background on the Dr. Strange character–with ‘exact’ pictures from comic book pages of the character wearing the outfit you mention–from the Internet website “Comic Vine” as edited by Razie Wraith on 02/24/2016.

    • Mia V. says:

      They can survive the ridiculous with the paycheck that comes with it.

    • Bridget says:

      You just described movie acting in general.

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I almost didn’t click on this. Why didn’t you tell me there were yummy Chitwetel pics? 😡

  5. Emma - The JP Lover says:

    I really like Benedict Cumberbatch, but I still believe Keanu Reeves would have rocked the beard, the look, and this role. Dr. Strange was never a ‘young’ man in the comics I read when I was a child.

  6. Tig says:

    I liked the Dr. Strange character, so will be checking this out. Tilda Swinton is a bonus for sure!

  7. kri says:

    sigh. I still love the Batch. Massively talented. And still oddly gorgeous and strange. Chiwetel is always stunning. I fell in love with him in “Firefly”. What a performance. Oooh, my inner geek is emerging. I will see this movie.

  8. Miss Jupitero says:

    Truth be told, I’d be very happy if someone were willing to pay me millions to put on a costume, run around, and point my fingers while mumbling mystical doggerel. By the beard of the Vishanti, I do this shit for free or for copies of the pictures.

  9. The Original Mia says:

    Should be interesting. Never read the Dr. Strange comics, but I’ll give them a whirl. Still think Oded Fehd would have rocked as Strange.

  10. Spiderpig says:

    Looks stupid but Hollow Crown has had amazing reviews. I’m gutted I had to skip the BFI screening.

  11. Joanie says:

    They both look fantastic. Dr. Strange has the potential to be one of the better films that Marvel has created.

  12. Eve says:

    The costumes, even with natural day light and without the post production effects, look GREAT.

    Still…this could have been played by Joaquin Phoenix. I can’t get over that.


      • Eve says:

        So close to sign on that dotted line, Joaquin. So close…

        *thisclose* to sign the damn contract but that amazing motherf*cker slipped through Marvel’s fingers (or claws, depending on the way you see it).

      • antipodean says:

        As usual Eve, you have hit the nail on the head. What are these casting people thinking when they constantly miscast these choice parts? It seems like they focus on the flavour du jour, and can’t see past them to more suited candidates, of whom I am certain there are tons. Mr Phoenix being a case in point. There is not a part that he can’t play and elevate.
        It’s always good to see you here, Eve, and I hope you are doing well, your friends here care for you and your well being. Good thoughts heading your way!

    • Eve says:

      Thank you, dear.


      P.S.: It was Phoenix who ultimately said no. The man does whatever he wants to do and I both LOVE and detest this about him. Best actor I’ve seen in my entire life. Flawless.

      • Kate says:

        Phoenix is a great actor but terrible at promo, often at the expense of his co-stars.

        Terrible fit for Marvel, and his promo issues are probably why he wasn’t Marvel’s first choice to begin with.

      • j says:

        i gotta confess phoenix skives me out, i know that’s a personal thing, but he strikes me as a perv tbh and dating a teenager didn’t help lol

      • lilacflowers says:

        Marvel has worked around the promo issues of others in the past. Chris Hemsworth did none of the international promo for Thor2, other than show up at the premiers and the London press day. He did do the US promo on the talk show circuit but didn’t do the Asian or even the Australian PR. Anthony Hopkins did one interview on Leno. James Spader did very little PR for Age of Ultron and Robert Redford did very little for Winter Soldier. Samuel L. Jackson shows up at SDCC and press day but that’s pretty much it. Same with Stellan Skarsgaard. They work around what they have.

      • Eve says:

        @ Kate:

        You talk as if I didn’t know about his problems with fame. I do, ok?

        Second: He WAS Marvel’s first choice. Why would Marvel drag on (for months!) negotiation with an actor that wasn’t their first choice?

        And, please, I beg of you to ignore my comments on Joaquin Phoenix’s threads from now on. I’m asking this as a favour. There’s freedom of speech, I know. But it’s f*cking annoying to see you jumping on my comments whenever it’s about Phoenix.

        P.S.: Celebitchy, next time you “tweak” the site, please consider adding an ignore button feature.

      • Kate says:

        @ Eve-

        It’s per Feige he wasn’t, although I don’t know for sure who was. They move down a list until they nail someone and will spend time negotiating with people who weren’t necessarily their out of the gate fave.

        People are quite rude about celebs they don’t care for all the time here and I certainly wasn’t super nasty or rude enough about him above to warrant your reply, but fair enough, I won’t comment on your posts anymore.

        @Lilacflowers, you can’t quite “work around” a lead in the first film of a new franchise.

      • Eve says:

        Thank you, Kate.

        But you misinterpreted my comment. I never said you’re rude towards Phoenix (and, quite honestly, you can be all you want, say whatever you want about him). I thought you’re just being wrong and, as a consequence, basically calling me a liar.

        I do, however, apologize for my bluntness.

      • lilacflowers says:

        Feige changes the narrative whenever it best suits promotion of the product. When they announced the Spider Man deal, Feige was all about how this had been their goal for so long (and it was) and they were willing to move the MCU schedule around to accommodate the Spider Man deal, which they did – and Strange was one of the films that got moved. Then, much later, it was all how they moved it to accommodate Cumberbatch’s Hamlet.

    • hermia says:

      Phoenix has actual talent and brains, so can do without this kind of gigs.

  13. Kate says:

    Benedict looks like Lord Business from the Lego Movie.

  14. lilacflowers says:

    Where’s Sixer? Kenneth Cranham! As you wished! Hurray!

  15. Green Girl says:

    I am just curious to see how BC will handle promoting this thing. I think it’ll be more demanding than his Oscar campaign.

    • ogg921 says:

      Oh, he will promote the hell out of it. Promote it like it is MORE than his job. Overexpose himself until his visage is burned on our retinas.

      Shortly after the release, there will be interviews in prestigious rags bemoaning his lack of privacy and waxing poetic about how the big payday films allow him to do theatah and biopics…

  16. Dhulia says:

    Have you seen his son’s face? Looks just like him. There are pics of them (Ben, Sophie and baby Christofer) in Soho, NY.

  17. Clare says:

    ah just saw the unblurred pics of the cumberbaby. Did Sophie and Benedict have a girl or a boy again?

    • Nancy says:

      Really? If it’s true where did you see them? The only one available was removed from the page.

      • platospopcorn says:

        They’re on tumblr, Nancy. I’m at home sick today, so I think I’m gonna pop some popcorn and wait for the crazies to spin this!!! The babe is absolutely precious and the spitting image of his Mum and Dad (who are kind of the spitting image of each other, so…).

        As much as I’m in the “who cares what the crazies think” and “I lose respect for BC every time he acts like he cares what they think” camp, I’m chuffed to bits these pics exist. I know the unique brand of cuckoo that leads people to formulate conspiracy theories around the lives of celebrities is probably unaffected by things like REALITY, but it’s nice to see a little reality every now and again. :)

  18. Gmg says:

    His baby looks like Shiloh Pitt when she was a baby.
    You can see the unblurred pis at PPQ-1 tumblr page.