Improving an interpretation that makes sense and fits well into the ensemble of a film doesn’t have to be easy. We recently learned that the great Meryl Streep pulled up to twenty-five phone calls out of her hat in do not look, the hit Netflix movie directed by Adam McKay. And, now, Benedict Cumberbatch has admitted the same in a momentous scene from Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021), where he plays Doctor Strange for the sixth time.
“[John Watts, el director] it’s fantastic. It tastes very good. It is also very detailed. He handles tone beautifully, all the time, and yet he’s very nimble,” the London-based actor told Christina Radis in an interview for Collider. Great directors can leave out an excerpt from the script or a big scene and say, “Oh, maybe that’s the story.”
“There was a moment towards the end of the movie where we were really trying to make it work, on top of the Statue of Liberty“, continues Benedict Cumberbatch about Peter Parker and his Doctor Strange. This same monument alluded to in the series Hawk Eyethe work of Jonathan Igla (2021), to link it to this third adventure which stars the wall-crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
To M [Holland] I was struggling with the script, like before the retakes. And then we made them and I had this idea: to show him that I love him, I didn’t want him to make the sacrifice of being forgotten», recounts these moving seconds of Spider-Man: No Coming Home. “He said, ‘It’s going to be in the movie. And I was like, ‘Okay, great. That’s great'”.
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To solve the problem in which they find themselves and by which the villains and other characters, who know Peter Parker in others, arrive in his universe, the superhero decides that there is no other solution: a new Doctor Strange spell to no one remembers him. AND the reaction to this proposal it’s what Benedict Cumberbatch improvises with in the Marvel movie.
“You throw yourself into these huge bunkers,” he says in the same interview, referring to the uncertainty of creating dialogues and interactions as you go. “How remarkable I learned from Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. in infinity war it was to see how comfortable he was improvising on Aunt May with him. He did what was not written at all.” like him in Spider-Man: No Coming Home.
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“I’m a pretty hot guy. This is the text for me”, admits the English artist. “Being free with that and having some maneuverability and being able to improvise, and on such a big canvas, it was a real revelation”. Otherwise, it is possible that the separation between Doctor Strange and the young Spider-Man in Spider-Man: No Coming Home I would not have had the ability to move us like that.