For those of you who follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), of course, you are already familiar with the figure of Benedict Cumberbatch, right? Yep, the British actor has indeed succeeded in stealing attention through his role as Doctor Strange, which is now practically attached to him. Even so, Marvel Studios almost gave Cumberbatch another role in the MCU, you know!
This was revealed through the book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as reported by The Direct. Reportedly, Benedict Cumberbatch had time to meet with Marvel Studios to discuss the offer of his role in the film Thor: The Dark World (2014). The role in question is Malekith who is the main villain of the Marvel superhero film.
However, Marvel Studios reportedly postponed the casting process for Cumberbatch and instead gave the role to actor Christopher Eccleston who later played Malekith in the film. Despite Cumberbatch’s failure to play Malekith, he still met Kevin Feige as president of Marvel Studios shortly after.
The meeting happened because Feige considered Cumberbatch a suitable actor for a role in the MCU. The two even discussed which character Cumberbatch would play in the MCU at the meeting. In the end, they agreed that the character was Doctor Strange, who is still being played by Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch is also arguably lucky enough to fail to get the role of Malekith in Thor: The Dark World. Because, Malekith only appeared in the MCU in the film and is even now included as one of the forgotten villains. On the other hand, the figure of Doctor Strange who was successfully obtained by Cumberbatch is now one of the important superheroes in the MCU and has appeared in four films so far.