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15 Photos That Prove Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Time-Traveling Shapeshifter

Contrary to popular belief, this brilliant bloke did not just come out of nowhere. In his many leading roles, he's literally traveled through history (and fought in several wars) as he's graced the screen. Look forward to Benedict's latest transformation as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, in theaters October 18.

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3. Next, time hops to 1850 and Benedict is playing Joseph Hooker in Creation, encouraging his pal Charles Darwin to publish his scientific theories.

Newmarket Films / Everett Collection

So you did one amazing thing for British history? It's far from the last. This dabble into science will foreshadow even more shape-shifted roles in the future.

6. A break from war in 1939 allows for more time among high society, and the dark secrets among it, as Benedict does bad things playing Paul Marshall in Atonement.

14. By now, this guy has seen decades of how the world works and changed it several times in the process. What's the only next logical step? Stepping into the secret-blasting shoes of Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate.

15. With some form of world domination behind him, there is only space left to rule. Don't worry, he's done it too, as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, which picks up in 2259.