Benedict Cumberbatch asked Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender for Comic-Con advice

The Sherlock star turned to his British pals for tips ahead of his first appearance at the San Diego fan event

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It turns out Benedict Cumberbatch was a little nervy about making his San Diego Comic-Con debut this week… 

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And after notching up roles as Smaug, Khan and, of course, Sherlock, he had good reason to be. “There’s going to be a Cumber-burning or something,” he joked during an interview with MTV ahead of his Penguins of Madagascar panel in the prestigious Hall H. “They told me about the scale of it but nothing can prepare you for how big the hall is.”

So, who did he turn to in order to deal with his pre-match anxiety? “I’m friends with Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy and [Michael] Fassbender and they’ve all done it. They said it’s crazy, it’s kind of amazing.”

Hiddleston certainly has plenty of authority when it comes to Comic-Con. The man Cumberbatch calls his “best friend” sent fans into a frenzy last year when he appeared on stage as Loki during the Marvel panel session. 

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And it turns out the trio’s words of wisdom paid off as Cumberbatch went on to delight the 6,500-strong audience, many of whom queued overnight just to get a glimpse of the man himself. And while there was no “Cumber-burning” (thank goodness), there were plenty of ear-piercing screams as he entered the room…