‘Doctor Strange’ opens in Hong Kong

At the red carpet premiere on Thursday night, Benedict Cumberbatch said the film was a classic Marvel offering

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From left, U.S. director Scott Derrickson, British actress Tilda Swinton, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch and U.S. film producer Kevin Feige pose for photographers at a premiere of the movie "Dr. Strange" in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch said at the world premiere of his new film Doctor Strange he relished playing his first role as a superhero.

Amid fireworks and screaming fans at the red carpet premiere in Hong Kong on Thursday night, Cumberbatch said the film based on a popular American comic was a classic Marvel offering.

“It sort of fulfilled everything that you could have imagined from a Marvel film. It’s big. It’s bold and it is very new, visually obviously, but also some of the tone of it,” he said.

Cumberbatch who gained international acclaim for his role in the TV series Sherlock, was joined by co-star Tilda Swinton, director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios executive producer Kevin Feige.

Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in a car accident and discovers the world of sorcery, with Swinton his mentor.

The film will play in Hong Kong cinemas on October 27, one week before its US release on November 4. The film releases in the UAE on November 3.