With box office numbers still drastically below pre-pandemic levels, No Way Home’s record-breaking success was greeted with relief by many in the film industry. The film has now taken in more than $1.8bn worldwide (£1.3bn).
Cumberbatch recalled expressing scepticism before the film’s release when Marvel executives voiced their hopes that No Way Home would reinvigorate the cinema industry.
“I think when [Marvel boss Kevin Feige] first said, ‘We’ll know about the future of cinema, or the cinema-going experience, after this film,’ I was like, ‘OK, everyone’s drinking too much of the Kool-Aid around here,’” Cumberbatch told Empire magazine.
“My ignorance was showed up,” he admitted.
Cumberbatch, who was recently nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, will reprise the role of Dr Strange in Marvel’s next cinema release.
A new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness debuted during the Super Bowl last week, and teased another major Marvel crossover.
The film is released in cinemas on 6 May.