‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Nebula’ surprise Pinoy fans with live chat

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) — The actors playing the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange and Thanos’ cybernetic daughter, Nebula, treated some 500 fans with a surprise live chat all the way from Marina Sands Bay in Singapore.

The audience, which included comic book collectors, cosplayers, toy shop owners and pop culture bloggers, were asked to rehearse this line in unison - “We’re ready for you, Avengers!” The host of the fan event which is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios told the participants the chant would be taped.

But on the fourth attempt, the crowd went wild.

The screen showed a live feed from Singapore with “Avengers: Infinity War” actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Karen Gillan, and director Joe Russo looking amused.

Cumberbatch instantly took notice of an Iron Man cosplayer waving his arms. “But all of you are fantastic! That reception, the noise, the energy in that room…We may be  looking on a TV screen, which is a bit cold but it properly warms up when you were guys were on it, so thank you,” he said.

He said that people should look out for the dynamics between Doctor Strange and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, both egoistical and carries a magnetic facial feature.

“Definitely, the goatees, come on,” Cumberbatch quipped. “But they’re also men of science, men of logic, and Strange has this meeting with mysticism, and the attempt to heal himself as you saw this in the origin story. That skews his sights, his mind.”

They then answered questions from Pinoy Marvel fans but were mum about the details of the movie.

“What can I say without giving away anything?” Gillan chuckled. “I think she (Nebula) has a very specific, terrible relationship with her father, Thanos. She has a very strong agenda to take him down and it’s gonna be a quite cathartic experience for her, I think,” she said.

Gillan’s character, Nebula, has tragic origins. First appearing as a villain in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the character became a sympathetic anti-heroine in the sequel, which revealed Thanos mutilating her body and replacing this with cybernetic parts whenever she loses to her sister, Gamora.

The former Doctor Who star said she wants to book a flight to the Philippines soon to try some of our coffee.

 

“Get ready, get excited. If you have invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the last 10 years, this is it. This is the big finish,” said Russo, who co-directed the movie with his brother, Anthony. Popularly known as the Russo brothers, the tandem also helmed the critically acclaimed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

Fans found it hard to turn their geek off after the surprise video chat.

“I feel like we’re just in front of them, talking to them,” said Renen Markoh Cruz, a “Hela” cosplayer. “I really feel I’m a part of the MCU,” he added.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens on April 25 in the Philippines.