Marvel Officially Names Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange'
After reentering negotiations to take the lead role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, the comic book studio has officially announced that "Sherlock" star and Star Trek Into Darkness villain Benedict Cumberbatch has been given the part in the film from Deliver Us from Evil director Scott Derrickson. The British actor will play neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. This news combined with the substantial awards buzz for Cumberbatch's performance in The Imitation Game makes 2014 one hell of a year for the actor, and it's only going to get better since Doctor Strange will be a big part of Marvel's next phase, including The Avengers.
Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige says, “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.” Cumberbatch is the first officially announced cast member in Doctor Strange, though there have been rumblings that the character Daniel Bruhl is supposed to play in Captain America: Civil War may be the main villain in this mystical comic book film. However, that might just have been caused by a confusion between Baron characters in the Marvel universe. Doctor Strange is slated to hit theaters in just under two years on November 4th, 2016. Stay tuned for more updates coming soon.