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Benedict Cumberbatch Steals the Spotlight in the Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

The great thing about superhero franchises is that they usually make our wildest-dream fan fiction come true. So if you’ve written one about Thor and Stephen Strange meeting and hanging out (and maybe making out?), then you’re (mostly) in luck. The official trailer for Thor: Ragnarok was just released, and there’s some serious interaction between the two. So, if I’m excited about these two on screen together, does that mean that Benedict Cumberbatch is… hot?

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Their first meeting, of course, comes in 2016’s Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, that English actor who’s confusingly hot. The mid-credits scene after the movie shows Strange and Thor having a serious chat. Strange says, “So, I keep a watch list of individuals and beings from other realms that may be a threat to this world. Your adopted brother is one of those beings.” He is, of course, referring to Loki, played by the more obviously hot English actor Tom Hiddleston. “Why bring him back to New York?” 

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Thor, played by super-hot Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, responds, “A bit of a long story, but we’re looking for my father.”

“If you found [him], you’d all return to Asgard promptly?” asks Strange.

“Oh, yes.” Thor takes a big gulp of his beer. “Promptly.”

“Great. Allow me to help you.” And so the story continues with a common bond between Thor and Strange.

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The trailer definitely continues this conversation, which is cool and all, but let’s be real for a second. When did my eyes start to drift from Chris Hemsworth, a hunk of a human being and a fictional god, to Benedict Cumberbatch, a surprisingly handsome guy with a goatee and a cape? I mean, he was hot as Sherlock Holmes in BBC’s Sherlock, with the long peacoat and curly head of hair. But as Stephen Strange? I would never have guessed!

A theory could definitely involve Cumberbatch’s voice. Though I prefer his original accent, he’s really good at an American one. Maybe it makes me feel like he comes from home? And maybe I’m questioning this too much and should just enjoy whichever way my eyes start drifting, especially if it’s for good ol’ Benny Batch.

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