Marvel Officially Names Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange'

December 4, 2014
Source: Marvel

Doctor Strange / Benedict Cumberbatch

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.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


I like this!!

theslayer5150 on Dec 4, 2014


Very glad this is now official. In my opinion he killed it as Khan and Smaug, was good in 12 years, and the one episode of Sherlock I watched, he was great. He's clearly talented, and having someone talented playing a character like this is only a good thing.

Chris Groves on Dec 4, 2014



Brian Sleider on Dec 4, 2014


Smart move Marvel, smart move! Can't wait to hear that commanding voice

JBrotsis on Dec 4, 2014


IT BEGINS. This is THE BEST casting Marvel has done. I know many would still say RDJ as Iron Man/Tony Stark, but even that was a pretty big gamble in retrospect. RDJ was a washed up star and Favreau had to go to bat for him with Marvel. Cumberbatch is STILL riding his SHERLOCK wave, and with this role cemented, he is just going to ride even higher.

DAVIDPD on Dec 4, 2014


Do you even Kiss Kiss Bang Bang?

si1ver on Dec 5, 2014


KKBB was a nice role for RDJ but up to that point he was an actor who was best known for a few 80s and early 90s(chaplin)movies and being in rehab for cocaine abuse so I could see why studios were scared to cast him in the role. It's amazing how he turned everything around and became the best paid movie star in the business!

desispeed on Dec 5, 2014


If I could pick a voice to narrate my life besides Morgan Freeman, then I believe Benedict Cumberbatch would be my choice. Excited to see him join the Marvel universe.

Justin R on Dec 4, 2014


Oh yes.

Reznik on Dec 4, 2014


This is a good choice. I approve and will allow it. You're welcome world.

Quanah on Dec 4, 2014


Thanks for letting this happen...

TheOct8pus on Dec 5, 2014


Absolutely. I also called Marvel and said "permission granted." They told me to "eat shit." They're such kidders.

Quanah on Dec 5, 2014


So glad this deal got done. Big fan of Cumberbatch and truly believe he can do a great job with the Doctor Strange character. Can't wait. Two years feels so far away for this!

IamSlave on Dec 4, 2014


Saw this coming.

Rock n Rollllll on Dec 5, 2014


Don't know this character but it seems like he looks the part.

OfficialJab on Dec 5, 2014


One thing is for sure: Cumby will not fuck up the character. Let's just hope the script and director are right.

TheOct8pus on Dec 5, 2014


Another cool thing is that Doc Strange comes out before Avengers 3, which means there's a very good chance he'll be involved in the Infinity Wars. nice.

TheOct8pus on Dec 5, 2014


Cool, cool, cool.

mooreworthy on Dec 5, 2014

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