Of course, the wacky people in Britland can’t be bothered to say superhero actor Benedict Cumberbatch properly. It’s too much effort and a lot more fun to get it astoundingly, satisfyingly wrong. Cumberbatch — er, Cumberbund? — seems okay with this. Say his real name enough times and you start wondering what is correct, and what is madness, and if Bromelain Cuttlefish really is Doctor Strange. I have heard that if you say it five times whilst in front of a mirror he’ll appear beside you…
There’s even a Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator on Tumblr to play around with, but while that’s fun, I say it’s lazy. Make up your BC-isms and they’re yours for life, no matter what Benadryl Copswobble says.
So Mr Cumberbatch has become something of a sex idol thanks to Sherlock…amazing what you can do with a bit of hair gel and a change of wardrobe because there are times when he appears somewhat less than gorgeous.
He may well approve of the comedy name generator, though. He has said that Cumberbatch sounds like “fart in a bath”. His father used Timothy Carlton as a stage name because, as he said to Ian McKellen, “You know, my real surname, it’s not Carlton at all. It’s Cumberbatch. Can you imagine trying to have a success as an actor if you’re called that?”
Despite that drawback, Benedict has undone decades of Hollywood’s insistence that you have to have a cool name to be a success by using the unusual technique of relying on talent rather than some sort of nominative determinism. Still, that’s probably also due to genetics because, as well as dad, Timothy, his mum is Wanda Ventham who has a long and varied CV dating back to the fifties. I remember having a particular soft spot for her when she played Col.Virginia Lake in UFO.
Wherever he gets it from he can turn his hand to, pretty much, anything; real lifers – Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, renowned fictional characters – Frankenstein and Smaug, Shakespearean characters – Richard III and Hamlet, and blockbuster franchise characters – Khan Noonien Singh and Dr. Stephen Strange. Say what you like, the guy has as many faces as that name generator can spit out!
So, as well as playing a pivotal role in the final episodes of The Avengers’ saga, Doctor Strange is also popping up in the latest Spider-Man outings and is being retconned into the WandaVisionVerse. Apparently, the good Doctor was to have had a cameo towards the end of WandaVision but, according to Kevin Feige, it was cut in order to keep the focus on Wanda. The Multiverse of Madness trailer shows that Wanda will be appearing and we can’t wait to see how Biffywiddle Snuffleby deals with it all.
Get ready for Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness in his four most important MCU appearances, in here chronological order (not including “Marvel’s What If?“):
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