Doctor Strange Movie Storyline: After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
Beautiful Words - Benedict on Sherlock (via Doctor Strange)
So this is what Benedict said in a Berlin interview X when asked about similarities between Sherlock and Doctor Strange. Which is quite telling because Sherlock must be the exact opposite of what Benedict has to say about Stephen Strange (special thanks to @ebaeschnbliah for pointing this out):
“I didn’t find it too similar. This guy is a New York bred and born superhero. And he is a neurosurgeon who while, like you say, arrogant and smart, is also somebody who’s very trapped by the material success of his profession. (…) He drives fast cars and has fast relationships and yet it’s all very hollow. He lives in a beautiful apartment with a stunning view but no one to share it with. He drives a rather beautiful and very fast car (…) but there is no one in the passenger seat (…). But he’s alone. What he becomes at the end is someone who chooses that aloneness in order to do what he has realised is his calling, to become a sorcerer. Yes, I think there are huge amounts of differences.”
So according to Benedict Sherlock is:
not interested in material success
does not have a (fast) car
does not have fast relationships
his life is not hollow
he has (when driving) someone in the passenger seat
he is not alone
he does not choose being alone
We all know who he shares his flat with. We all know who sat in his passenger seat the one time we saw him drive a car. We all know Sherlock never chose to be alone, he felt forced to do so by Moriarty. I think Benedict has managed to give a beautiful characterisation of Sherlock even while talking about a completely different character.
I just want to prepare to take on a role that embodies the traits of both a medical doctor and the superhero. And are the qualities of the two so truly different? Both require determination, focus, and the strength of will to defy the odds. (x)
‘Doctor Strange’ has now had over 100 critic reviews and still holds a score of 74 on Metacritic, as well as a 97% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Safe to say it is a solid hit. The second best reviewed comic book movie of the year!