Benedict Pumpkinkiss- shoot I mean Cumperbatch- Benedict Cumberbatch, is known as many things.
But most of us would probably remember him as the mysterious Dr Strange, who prior to receiving mystical powers served as a surgeon in a hospital. Hence the stage name.
Crap wrong guy.
If you haven’t watched Doctor Strange, Thor Ragnarok or any of the Avengers films for the record, all I can say is that he’s as cool as Ash in Pokemon.
And also, “I’ve come to bargain, Mamamoo” has more or less become his catchphrase, that despite his powers not having any obvious link to being a salesman.
Now, he might be a superhero in reel life, but in reality he’s just an actor with an especially hard to pronounce last name and an especially handsome face. So in essence, he’s totally useless in real life, and he probably won’t be able to even recite his chants if you put Thanos in front of him.
Yet even so, that hasn’t stopped his inner heroic spirit from breaking out when people are in need of help. Incredible as it sounds, Dr Strange channeled his film persona for a split second, when he dashed out in rescue of a helpless victim.
Reel life? More like real life.
1. What happened?
Peter Parker, who’s part-timing as a Deliveroo deliveryman because he’s still just a kid and needs pocket money, was halfway through an errand when he was viciously attacked by four people, one of whom carries an anti-Tarantula bottle.
Helpless, Peter tried to get away, but it was futile. Just when he was in danger of burning out and turning into ashes, Dr Strange came to his rescue, chided him in a rich voice, and gravitated the four musketeers to outer space. Thereafter the caped magician scooped Peter into his arms and together they rode off into the sunset, living happily ever after.
Hmm, plot for Spiderman Homecoming 2 maybe?
2. Alright, what exactly happened?
So that didn’t quite happen, but man that would have been a feast for the average Marvel fan.
Rather, what exactly transpired is this:
Last Friday (1 June) night, a Deliveroo rider (just a normal one. No spider-bitten arm or anything) found himself under attack by a group of four people, for reasons believed to be under the classic Mugging category. And it was then that Cumberbatch, who was in an Uber (RIP, Mr Uber) in central London with his wife, saw the entire incident unfold.
Rather than tuck his head in and pretend not to see it like most people, however, Cumberbatch chose to grind it out.
In true Doctor Strange fashion.
Without the CGI, of course.
3. Courageous, selfless
According to the driver of the car, Manuel Dias, the actor was being a real hero. And there wasn’t even a camera in sight (unless you count CCTVs).
“I was taking Benedict and his wife to a club — but I didn’t know it was him at first.
“I went to turn down into Marylebone High Street and we saw four guys were pushing around a Deliveroo cyclist.
“My passenger jumped out, ran over and pulled the men away. They turned towards him and things looked like getting worse, so I joined in.”
“He stood there instructing them in the street, shouting, ‘Leave him alone.’ It was only then I recognised Benedict. Then it all got a bit surreal.
“I had hold of one lad and Benedict another. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest.
“They tried to hit him but he defended himself and pushed them away. He wasn’t injured. Then I think they also recognised it was Benedict and ran away.”
4. Oh shit, Sherlock!
Check this out; the incident took place near 221B Baker Street, which is none other than the fictional London home of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s hero detective Sherlock Holmes. And guess who played him in the TV series?
That’s right, Benedict Motherpucking Khan – I mean, Cumaberbatch!
Anyone knows the Uber car plate number?
Like a real superhero would (save for Tony Stark because that guy threw humble out of his family door when he was born), Cumberbatch was adamant that he wasn’t being a hero.
“I did it out of, well, I had to, you know . . .”
Mr Khan, I don’t know. Say it loud lah Sherlock.
Following the incident, the Kangaroo company had its turn to speak too. And naturally it thanked Dr Strange for it (free lifetime delivery for Dr Strange, maybe?)
“Deliveroo riders are heroes delivering millions of meals to hungry customers right across the country.
“Their safety is our priority and any violence against riders is totally unacceptable.
“We’d like to thank Benedict Cumberbatch for his heroic actions. On behalf of everyone at deliveroo: thank you so much.”
Wait, no lifetime delivery? Aw c’mon Kangarooman.
Anyways, over in Singapore…
7. On the run
According to The Sun, the four attackers were still on the run, and cops have confirmed that they were indeed called to an assault on a delivery rider.
So yeah everything did happen, and I totally am not making up a false story here because first, I’m a legit writer and second, I’m not #FakeNews and third I’m too cowardly to risk a run-in with any potential Spidermans in the neighbourhood, wherever they may be.
8. A hug
It’s not everyday you hug a superhero, but that’s exactly what happened to the Deliveroo rider in question.
“He asked the rider how he was,” the cab driver said. “And when he said, ‘I’m OK’ Benedict just hugged him.”
Now, I might not get jealous easily, but that’s something to get all green about. And I’m straight, for Jeezus’ sake.
But let’s not let such a upsetting notion take away from the hero’s selfless act. As the driver so wisely put it (like the driver in Deadpool 2):
“Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless. If he hadn’t stepped in, the cyclist could have been seriously injured.”
And for that, kudos, Benedict Cumberbatch.
You’re a real hero, with or without your suit.
By the way, if you’ve said “My name is Khan” in your Star Trek Into Darkness voice, the robbers might just run away without you having to do anything.
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