It has been reported today that Benedict Cumberbatch will be taking on the title role of Marvel Studios‘ Doctor Strange. After the many rumors that Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, and even Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe could introduce audiences to Dr. Stephen Strange, it would appear that Sherlock/Smaug/Kahn will be the man for the job. Learn more after the break.
You hear that sound? No? That’s because it’s the sound of a million CumberCookies on Tumblr furiously typing away their latest fanfiction of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange meeting Tom Hiddleston as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadline was the first to break the news, as Marvel will be hosting a secret event to unveil the news. This is a fangirls wet dream come true. I expect Tumblr to explode tomorrow if and when this announcement becomes official – unless Marvel says he’ll be playing a character named John Harrison.
As a casting choice, this is a pretty safe bet for Marvel to bank on the female audience as well as those who enjoy Cumerbatch’s wild antics. He has a lot of character on and off camera that will really push the forward momentum of the MCU. As exciting as it would have been to see Phoenix in the role, Cumberbatch has had such a great affinity for these kinds of franchise movies that make him more capable for mass audiences.
Here’s the unofficial log line for Doctor Strange that is on IMDb right now:
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
Moving forward, Scott Derrickson (Sinister; Deliver Us From Evil) is still set to direct since the announcement in June, with a script by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour; Prometheus). That duo doesn’t have me too excited, but under the supervision of Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and possibly Joss Whedon if he chooses to return for Phase 3, Doctor Strange should shape up to fit in the MCU machine.
Doctor Strange is currently predicted to land in theaters on July 8, 2016.
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