"It gets very multiversal in real life as well," he said about his busy life as an actor.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to release on May 6. It follows the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home after Dr. Stephen Strange, opens a portal to the multiverse and is forced to face a mysterious new adversary. He then tries his best to overcome this with the help of both old and new allies. This will be the sequel to the 2016 Doctor Strange film and the 28th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange is reprising his role in the film and also had a pretty big role in the Spider-Man film.
The 45-year-old actor has been promoting his latest film but soon plans to take a break from acting. Speaking to IGN he explained in true MCU fashion, "It gets very multiversal in real life as well," referring to his career as an actor and then his role as a father. "I guess one that’s less busy," he said about which version of himself he would like to be, "maybe… I might be that variant very soon, which is nice – taking a bit of a break." Cumberbatch is married to English theatre and opera director Sophie Hunter and has three sons with her.
Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch is 'taking a bit of a break' after the upcoming superhero sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. https://t.co/FXVaSgEoh5 pic.twitter.com/UUsk2A6iXA— IGN (@IGN) May 3, 2022
Last year, he was also a part of the Oscar-nominated film The Power of the Dog for which he was even nominated in the Best Actor category. The Doctor was needed to be on duty following No Way Home to clean up the mess he had created. This will be addressed in the Multiverse of Madness film after which he can go on a break until the MCU needs him again. In fact, he may not be needed till the end of Phase Four of MCU which still has Thor: Love and Thunder and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever up for release this year, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, The Marvels, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set to release in 2023.
Other than acting, Cumberbatch has been busy with his humanitarian relief activities as well. He is extending a helping hand to the Ukrainian refugees by offering to shelter several of them in his UK home. He is working with the nonprofit Refugees at Home. "I want to give them some stability after the turmoil that they've experienced, and that's within my home," he said of his generosity. "I've been trying to help other Ukrainian families - nationals that are UK citizens - to house their extended families en masse, which you know they want to do, but it's very costly," he said, adding, "So, I've been trying to help out with that financially in a couple of instances."
He even turned up to the London premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in the colors of Ukraine—blue and yellow to show solidarity.