Scheduling conflicts with Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s schedule is affecting Disney and Marvel’s shooting of Avengers: Infinity War.
Cumberbatch has been starring in the film, The Current War as inventor and electric mogul, Thomas Edison. Coincidentally, costarring is fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man, Tom Holland. Broadway actor Aaron Lazar has been hired as a stand-in for Cumberbatch in his absence for Infinity War. Disney and Marvel will reshoot Stephen Strange’s close-up scenes and record his dialogue with Cumberbatch.
With the controversy surrounding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with overlaying CGI of a main actors’ faces onto stand-ins, Disney said they will not be overlaying Cumberbatch over Lazar.
Rogue One saw the digital recreations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher. Cushing passed in 1994 and with the permission of his estate, his likeness was transferred over fellow British actor, Guy Henry. Prior to her passing, Fisher approved Ingvild Deila to be her stand-in as animators overlayed Fisher’s face in 1977 from A New Hope over Deila.
The reliance on CG characters is nothing new to film as some of the major characters in Avengers: Infinity Wars are with Thanos (Josh Brolin), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper).
As loaded as Infinity War is, Doctor Strange provides a significant component bridging MCU Phase 3 as he will also appear in Thor: Ragnarok. You have to wonder given the grandiose nature of the story and the volume of characters involved if Strange will somehow get lost in the shuffle. Marvel’s had to accommodate Cumberbatch’s schedule cleared before since they waited until he was available to shoot the character’s debut feature.
Do you think Doctor Strange will play a big part or do you think it will be diminished in Infinity War?
Avengers: Infinity War is directed by the Russo Brothers and is slated to release in May 4, 2018.