Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange exceeded box office expectations during its release. Benedict Cumberbatch offers a great performance full of charisma. Audiences seemed to enjoy Cumberbatch’s performance as Stephen Strange, the sorcerer once a surgeon, but many may not realize the other Marvel character he plays in the film.
The second role isn’t something typical like a voice heard over a telephone or a character in the background. You should stop reading now if you have yet to see the film since this will be a third-act spoiler alert!
The other character Cumberbatch plays in the film is Dormammu. At the end of the film, the characters Steven Strange and Dormammu meet face on; something that’s been looming. Facial captures for the character of Dormammu, the extra-dimensional plant-consuming huge energy being, was played by Cumberbatch. He didn’t provide the character’s voice. Dormammu’s voice was provided by English actor Derrickson.
Cumberbatch played who?
He responded by mentioning that they knew the CG character, but Benedict brought up the idea during production. He asked if he could do it. It was an interesting idea that needed to be thought over. It was something to ponder since this being wasn’t moving in the Dark Dimension with human aspects. What would be the need? This is how communication to Strange was adopted.
More insight from Derrickson was shared on why it worked out.
He liked the idea the more he thought about it. Benedict understood Dormammu well. The role was created to compliment Strange but as a different version. The confrontation of the two is interesting; one is small with unique power and the other is a huge monstrosity that gets cleverly trapped. Benedict himself seemed perfect to interact with him and could imagine it working out any better.
The case of Thanos came to mind when this aspect was introduced. It was speculated by IGN. Josh Brolin didn’t get signed on yet to play the character when the villain originally appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked if Dormammu was the same situation (the voice of the villain being created by another actor) Derrickson claims that is not the case.
Doctor Strange is now in theaters.