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Liked Sherlock Holmes? Then you’re going to love Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange!


Marvel’s newest adventure is almost upon us! With the release date of October 25th fast approaching, Doctor Strange is getting closer by the minute.

Playing this mysterious character is none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, the British superstar who has yet to let us down – and if the trailers for Doctor Strange are anything to go by, he definitely won’t disappoint us anytime soon. 

Arguably his most famous role so far is as everyone’s favourite private detective, Sherlock Holmes. This was his breakout role, receiving acclaim from both critics and fans of the original source material. Cumberbatch has gone on to win many accolades for Sherlock, including 'Best Actor in a Miniseries' at the Emmy’s (the TV equivalent of the Oscars).

After his success playing the crime solving genius we've no doubt that Benedict will blow us away with his performance as the eponymous Doctor Strange. So we've decided to compare the similarities between Sherlock Holmes and the good Doctor himself – so if you love Cumberbatch as Sherlock, here's why you need to make an appointment with his role in Marvel's latest blockbuster.

1. It's a case of 'me, me, me!'

Both characters spend a lot more time thinking about themselves rather than the people around them. In Doctor Strange our main character, Stephen Strange, is a very successful neurosurgeon who, despite the fact he saves lives, is self-absorbed. He cares more about the wealth from his job rather than the people he is helping or saving.

When he is involved in a horrific car accident however he feels as if he loses everything, and upon discovering alternate realities under the tutelage of the Ancient One (played by Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton), Stephen Strange realises that there is a lot more to the world than he knows.

In Sherlock, Holmes is also portrayed as a character that cares more about himself than other people. However, it's also slightly different: Sherlock Holmes is a sociopath, which results in him being antisocial.

Part of this is established in one of the TV show’s most famous exchanges:

  • Watson: "There are lives at stake, Sherlock. Do you care about them at all?"
  • Holmes: "Will caring about them help save them?"
  • Watson: "Nope."
  • Holmes: "Then I’ll continue to not make that mistake."

This establishes the fact that, whilst Sherlock cares passionately about solving crimes and is doing it to help save people, he does not care for, or empathise with, the people involved; he just feels a need to do his job. Unlike Doctor Strange, he isn’t doing his job for the money and fame. Instead he simply has a desire to prove he is smarter than the criminal he is pitting his wits against.

2. They're both braniacs

One key aspect of Sherlock’s personality is that he is super intelligent. He can effortlessly deduce the events that transpired at a crime scene within moments of entering the room. He notices minuscule details such as fingerprints on a recently-cleaned work surface or stains on the walls. He studies the behaviour of the characters he meets, questions why they act the way they do. This clinical attention to detail and logical reasoning leads Holmes to find more clues, which helps him and Doctor Watson eventually solve the crime.

In Doctor Strange, Benedict’s character is considered the world’s most highly regarded neurosurgeon, which makes him even more egotistical, greedy for money, and detached from the world around him. In the exciting trailer for Doctor Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One asks, "How did you become a doctor?", to which Strange replies: "Study and practice, years of it".

Not only does this suggest that Doctor Strange is more passionate about his expertise than most think; it also teases a lot of exciting training scenes in the upcoming film, which would be truly incredible to see.

3. They both want to save the world!

In Doctor Strange, our hero discovers a whole new world of mysticism and magic, traveling through space and time discovering many places far beyond our own perception.

However, it’s not all fun and games, as Doctor Strange learns that a bunch of bad guys from another dimension are planning to destroy the world, which results in Strange having to get his sorcery cap on and save mankind. With some jaw-dropping, mind-bending powers, he sets out on his quest to master his powerful new abilities and rescue the world from impending doom!

"It’s quite extraordinary how [Doctor Strange] has so much willpower", Cumberbatch explains about the titular role in an interview with Collider. "It takes a long time before he has those heroic moments". 

Sherlock, on the other hand, tries to save the world one crime at a time. He pits his wits against the most complex of crimes so that the streets of London are safe, whilst also battling his own inner demons. One of the main antagonists in the acclaimed Sherlock series is the 'criminal mastermind' Professor James Moriarty, who toys with Sherlock constantly.

Whilst Strange uses mystical powers and sorcery in his bid to save the universe, Holmes has to be content with his supreme brain-power and a little help from Doctor John Watson to save himself and the world from the evil of Moriarty. Even so, we like to think they're ultimately on the same page.

Doctor Strange brings the magic to Cineworld screens on 25th October in 2D, 3D, and IMAX.

Click here to book your tickets for Doctor Strange, and let us know @Cineworld if you think it's going to be the most ambitious, mind-blowing and exciting Marvel movie yet.

Jake Gibbard is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.