How Benedict Cumberbatch Really Feels About Having To Defend This Spider-Man: No Way Home Spell

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SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t seen Spider-Man: No Coming Home.

When we see superheroes in TV shows, movies, and comics, we see them as supreme beings. While some superheroes may come from other planets like Superman, there are other superheroes who are still only human despite having incredible powers like Doctor Strange. Even though Doctor Strange can conjure spells and open up the multiverse, he’s still a human being who makes mistakes from time to time. Doctor Strange’s Benedict Cumberbatch tells us how he really feels about defending the spell his character used in the box office success Spider-Man: No Coming Home.

In Avengers: Endgame, every marvel hero reunited and formed a bond with each other as they battled Thanos. While each superhero went off in different directions, it was nice to see Doctor Strange and Peter Parker come together in Spider-Man: No Coming Home. In the latest Spider-Man movie, Peter has Doctor Strange perform a spell so no one will remember Spider-Man after Magneto reveals his secret identity. The problem was that Peter kept interrupting Doctor Strange in the middle of his spell which backfired and brought back all the main villains you’d find in the Sam Raimi and Andrew Webb Spider-Man movies.

Even though the mistake made by Doctor Strange is at the origin of the plot of Spider-Man: No Coming Home, there are fans who think Doctor Strange could have done better spells in the movie. Benedict Cumberbatch had a few things to say The Hollywood Reporter about the importance of placing flaws in superheroes in order to make them more compelling.

Thank you! It’s my defense for all the reviews saying that Strange isn’t very good at his job. I’m like, ‘He’s been pretty perfect until Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Think of it this way – without Doctor Strange, we wouldn’t have had the chance to see the return of the wicked who helped make the Spider-Man movies as memorable as they are. So we should really thank him for that. And Doctor Strange isn’t the only superhero to have had the less heroic moments found in Marvel movies. For example, Thor made a big mistake in Avengers: Infinity War when he threw his Stormbreaker Ax into Thanos’ chest instead of decapitating him, allowing Thanos to snap his fingers and wipe out half the population. I guess that’s an example of what happens when superheroes tend to use their muscles more than their brains. But, I don’t see any enemies of Thor here. After all, there is no story without drama.

So even though the plans didn’t work out as Doctor Strange and Peter Parker intended, Doctor Strange still wanted to be a hero for Peter, which matters most. Benedict Cumberbatch went on to talk about his character’s humanity and his relationship with Peter Parker.

He’s a human being, and I think it was a very human mistake. He saw Peter as a fellow infantryman, then as a teenager going through a very formative experience of not being able to be himself due to being exposed and losing a mentor, [Strange] decided to intervene with a gesture of rather good intentions.

To like The power of the dog the actor has previously defended on the actions of Doctor Strange, all Peter had to do was keep quiet during the spell! But despite all the misadventures, Doctor Strange made the brave sacrifice of heeding Peter’s idea to erase everyone’s memory of his secret identity instead of Spider-Man in order to send the villains home. As Doctor Strange took over the role of mentor for Iron Man, the student eventually became the teacher. The relationship between Peter Parker and Doctor Strange shows the whole transition of seeing a superhero begrudgingly help this nagging teenage hero only to sacrifice his memory of him for the greater good.

If you want to catch more Doctor Strange, watch it in the next marvel movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in theaters May 6.

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