It’s been a huge talking point all year as to who would be playing Marvel’s Dr Strange, but finally a name has been confirmed, and it’s a good one!
While for most of the year Joaquin Phoenix seemed to be the man for the job, he pulled out of negotiations a few months back, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s (who had already been rumoured for the role) name propped up again. While there have been a long list of possible names including Keanu Reeves, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke, Cumberbatch entered final negotiations in October.
Marvel have now confirmed that Cumberbatch will be playing the role.
The actor will play neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics vets Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created the character in 1963.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “In 2016 Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.
Dr Strange will be released in cinemas on 4th November 2016.