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'Doctor Strange': first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel superhero

'Doctor Strange': first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel superhero
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, right, and his wife Sophie Hunter arrive to the European premiere of the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in Leicester square in London on Dec. 16, 2015. (Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA)

Marvel fans got a first look at Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as Doctor Strange on Monday.

The "Sherlock" star graces the cover of this week's Entertainment Weekly. Sporting a red cowl, blue robe and goatee, Cumberbatch's new superhero looks faithful its comic book counterpart.

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"I'm still in the infancy of learning all that," Cumberbatch told EW of learning the character's mannerisms. "It was like, okay, I've got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically. I'm thinking, there's going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I'm still working on that. We haven't played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It's like anything, you just have to experiment."

"There's going to be crazy s-- going on," he added.

Because it was one of the first times Cumberbatch tried on the costume, he used the magazine's cover shoot as a "research-and-development session" to practice Doctor Strange's signature hand gestures that are part of his spell-casting.

The film follows the story of self-centered neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who tranforms into a sorcerer and stumbles upon a hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a horrific car accident.

The film also stars Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen. Directed by Scott Derrickson ("Sinister"), "Doctor Strange" hits theaters on Nov. 4, 2016.

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