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“That’s all the time they have because of other bigger things”: Benedict Cumberbatch Explains Why Marvel Movies Lack on Emotions, Says it’s Incredibly Hard to Perform ‘Real Acting’

The Sorcerer Supreme believes MCU doesn't really focus on true skills of the actors.

Actors make a significant commitment when they join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and actor, Benedict Cumberbatch recently discussed how challenging it can be to relate to an Avengers film emotionally.

In 2016, Cumberbatch debuted as Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, he has acted in two Avengers films, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and the follow-up film for his character, Doctor Strange.

Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Any actor would find it difficult to stand out in such widely acclaimed films, and the Doctor Strange star has provided a glimpse at his acting approach in a Marvel picture.

Benedict Cumberbatch talks about struggles of being in the MCU

In an interview, Cumberbatch claimed he was delighted to have achieved popularity late amid his career as an actor and that techniques like meditation allow him to remain connected in the hectic world of Hollywood. Hollywood isn’t some performing school, and because of the story limits, Benedict Cumberbatch said, it’s particularly challenging to nail an emotional sequence in the Avengers movies.

“It’s all smoke and mirrors! It’s not some sort of acting gym where you’re stripping off layers of self to reveal a layer of truth all the time. You are working to do some of that but in the heartbeat of making a massive film like The Avengers, for example, it can be tough getting that one moment of emotion absolutely nailed in five minutes because that’s all the time they have because of the other, bigger things around it.”

The Doctor Strange actor claims that the Avengers films put less emphasis on character development and more on how to further the plot. The actor also gave credit to his Marvel co-stars, especially Robert Downey Jr., who played Iron Man, saying that he is one of the few actors who actually knows what he is doing.

“So, I learn on every job. I would like to think I learn. I learn by watching other people. It was wonderful to watch Robert. It is wonderful to watch him, and to watch people who really know what they are playing inside out.”

Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch

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Is Benedict Cumberbatch hinting MCU doesn’t focus on ‘real acting’?

It’s been an intriguing challenge for the brand to consistently strive to beat what’s come before as Marvel continues to develop. As the Sherlock star noted, this is an intriguing artistic task for actors who not only need to give their characters dimension, but also assist in illuminating crucial plot details pertaining to more abstract ideas like the Multiverse world.

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As Phases 5 and 6 of the MCU are quickly approaching, this challenge won’t be going anywhere in the near future. The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars, the final two installments of the Multiverse Saga, will be two more Avengers films that promise mind-boggling storylines, along with a multitude of characters.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

Although the entire cast for the upcoming Avengers movies hasn’t been announced, Cumberbatch would be one of the seasoned actors if he were to appear. In the same manner that Robert Downey Jr.’s mentorship helped him, it is hoped that the new Marvel team members will find the process easier thanks to his prior experience in such movies.

Source: The Direct

Written by Riya Verma