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Best Non-MCU Movies of Benedict Cumberbatch You Should Watch

Benedict Cumberbatch recently gained a lot of buzz due to his enigmatic and titular presence in Doctor Strange 2. One hell of a brilliant actor, he has not just given an excellent performance in his career in the MCU. But there exists a whole saga of movies that star Benedict Cumberbatch which represents the sheer talent and skills of the superhero actor.

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Benedict not as Doctor Strange!

Benedict as Sherlock!

If not for the Marvel world, Benedict would always be known for his fame from Sherlock, a BBC series. Benedict Cumberbatch has done a diverse range of roles, which makes him a born star. His acting right from his role in comedy films to some serious dramas.

The primetime Emmy Award winner, Cumberbatch has set the bar high for his fellow stars in the industry.

The lesser-known movies of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Black Mass (2015)

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Black Mass

The American crime drama film, which is based on Whitey Bulger, is played by Johnny Depp, an American mobster. Whitey and an FBI agent make a secret trading deal with his brother, State Sen.William “Billy” Bulger (Cumberbatch), and an FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton).

Things went violently crazy when Bulger and John tried to pull down the Italian mob and mafia in Boston.

The Mauritanian (2020)

The Mauritanian (2020)
Benedict Cumberbatch in The Mauritanian (2020)

The Mauritanian is based on the book “Guantanamo Diary”, which tells a heartbreaking story of injustice, brutality, and moral reckoning that took place as a result of the horrid 9/11 terrorist attack.

The movie revolves around Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was taken secretly via rendition to a prison camp in Cuba.

Benedict in the Mauritanian plays a powerful character on which the story moves forward, who plays the conflicted Marine prosecutor Stuart Couch in the film.

The Imitation Game

Benedict in The Imitation Game
Benedict in The Imitation Game

The historical drama which starred Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch is based on Alan Turing: The Enigma, which is a biography published in the 80s. Benedict, like Alan Turing in the movie, is a British mathematician, computer scientist, and codebreaker.

In the movie, Alan works for the British government to decode the encryption of messages from German intelligence during the Second World War.

With revolving the Alan Turing’s sexuality as a gay man in the movie, is not shown in-depth but given the idea of the injustice, he experienced due to this identity.

Atonement

Cumberbatch in Atonement!
Cumberbatch in Atonement!

A 2007 war drama, it is about the story of two lovers who are tragically misinterpreted by the existence of a third party. Leading to massive destruction to the lives of the people. Benedict Cumberbatch has a very short but captivating yet chilling role that caught the eyes of the people before he entered the fame of BBC’s Sherlock.

12 Years A Slave

Benedict Cumberbatch
12 Years A Slave!

A powerful movie in the history of American cinema which portrayed a truth that is rarely not spoken about. In the nineteenth century, the brutality faced by the slaves or for just being black is a sour truth. Solomon Northup is an African-American freeman who was kidnapped, drugged, and forced into slavery.

Counted among Benedict Cumberbatch’s best films, 12 Years a Slave is an intense and powerful work of art and truth.

Benedict even proclaimed that he did the 12 Years A Slave movie to wipe the guilt from his heart. How shockingly disastrous we were as ancestors.

Written by Amina Ashraf