Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Marvel Studios has found its Doctor Strange.

Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play the doctor-turned-sorcerer-supreme in the newest superhero film from Marvel that Scott Derrickson will direct, sources tell Variety.

The film has not yet been officially dated, but Marvel is said to be eyeing a 2016 release. Cumberbatch’s role could be made official at a Marvel Studios presentation to media and fans at Disney’s El Capitan Theater.

Cumberbatch would play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who 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.

Marvel already has teased Strange in several films, including “Thor” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The character fits in with the cinematic universe Marvel is building, with Strange having paired up with Thor and the Avengers, along with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to battle enemies in its comicbooks.Marvel has long wanted to launch a film franchise around the character and eventually integrate him in one of its “Avengers” sequels.

Still Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has long wanted the Doctor Strange character to star in his own solo film as a way to make a movie about magic the way “Guardians of the Galaxy” pushes it into the sci-fi and space genre and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” into political thrillers.Marvel had been in negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix to take the role, but couldn’t reach a deal because of the number of films the thesp would have to agree to make.

Cumberbatch’s deal is contingent upon his schedule, which includes the “Sherlock Holmes” series for BBC and commitments to star in theater productions.

He will next be seen in “The Imitation Game” and voices characters in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “The Penguins of Madagascar” and WB’s “The Jungle Book.”

Marvel has not commented on the deal.

Cumberbatch is repped by UTA.

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  1. choice says:

    when I heard what a nice guy Hugh was, all was forgiven. doubt same here.

  2. choice says:

    the doctor is a cultural hero, above, and beyond, the superhero norm. nuff said. (hate this. the death of a legend).

  3. choice says:

    if I feel. so strongly, others will most likely. the end.

  4. Don Rice Jr says:

    I hope he does better on that than he did playing Khan.

  5. Alex says:

    Misleading headline…Marvel hasn’t announced the casting for Doctor Strange yet…

  6. Jim says:

    I’ll believe it when Marvel announces it. Phoenix was in “final” talks as well.

  7. Warna Melayu says:

    Super talented and the obvious right choice. Nice to visit your’s site

  8. Ambr says:

    I LOVE Cumberbatch I think he is super talented and the obvious right choice but he is In ALOT of things coming up. You can be over exposed in Hollywood….backlash does happen. I wish the movie the best.

  9. Paully says:

    I see Marvel/Disney cleaning up the ca$h with this movie. DC/WB not so much. Remember Green Lantern ? They destroyed my childhood comic hero GL.

  10. Unexcited says:

    Oded Fehr was better choice >:-(

  11. Flavorabledeez says:

    Man, that’s dissapointing because he is so obvious for the role. I would’ve liked to have seen what Joaquin could’ve done with this. Rather than being a “yeah, that’s a no brainer” with BC we could’ve seen something else brought to the character besides cold and British, which Strange is not

    • mike says:

      Good point, but Cumberbatch is a good actor. The arc of Strange’s character: uber-talented selfish playboy doctor – down and out on the skids – Sorcerer Supreme/selfless superhero is the type of thing a good actor will make hay with. Robert Downey Jr made millions of dollars worth of hay with a similar one.

      • Flavorabledeez says:

        That’s kind of my point though, the Avengers already have a down and out playboy rich type with Iron Man, so whoever plays Strange needs to bring something new to the table. I feel like Marvel is playing it too safe with this one by casting BC, almost as though I already know what kind of Dr. Strange he’ll play. Joaquin would’ve put a different angle on the character, which let’s face it with a super hero movie coming out every three months you need to stand out. They should’ve done whatever they could to get him in this role. Still, maybe BC might pull something out of the ordinary for this one. I’m always for being pleasantly surprised.

  12. therealeverton says:

    being in 3 or 4 films TV minis a year is hardly in everything you see, especially when most of those are still “niche” / narrow market productions.

  13. Jackie says:

    I am so over Mr Cumberbatch. I don’t want to see his face on another chat show or in another magazine. He is a good enough actor, but he is so over exposed that I no longer want to see anything he is in – not even The Immitation Game and I have been waiting for that particular biopic for many years.

    • Jim Forbes says:

      Over-exposed? Really?? Do you apply that logic to all actors/actresses? Because if you do, thats just bizarre!

      • Jackie says:

        When an actor hits the PR circuit as hard as Mr Cumberbatch you begin to see him as much, if not more, than the characters they assume. That is fine if you want to build an army of intense fans, but they are a fickle bunch and when there are aspects of the ‘real me’ being presented that you do not like, it can become a problem.

  14. Droppo says:

    He would be good. Perfect voice. I just want them to do a true origin tale for this and not wimp out like they have suggested by just jumping into it without explaining where he came from. The origin is important and is usually the best movie in a series.

  15. I like him, yeah, but I don’t want him to be in EVERY SINGLE MOVIE I watch. come on.

    • CallieR says:

      How has he been in every movie you’ve watched? Since 2011, he’s only appeared in 7 films, and out of the 7, 2 have been limited release (Fifth Estate & Osage County) and 4 have been bit parts (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, Osage County, & 12 Years a Slave). The only wide-release films in which he featured prominently are ST Into Darkness and The Imitation Game. (I didn’t count the Hobbit films as he only did voice work).

    • Onebluestocking says:

      Really? You haven’t watched a movie since 2013? That’s when his last film came out.

  16. therealeverton says:

    Actually Thor was the film that opened up the MCU to both Magic & deeper Space based sci-fi. IT was one of the main purposes of Thor to do so, the other being to set up The Avengers. But Fiege was very clear, years ago, that Thor opened up magic and hence Dr. Strange as WELL as the cosmic side of Marvel, which was followed through in the Avengers, Thor The Dark World and Guardians of The ?Galaxy. It isn’t Guardians that opened space and it won’t be Dr. Strange that opens magic, they expand(ed) them.

  17. therealeverton says:

    Should have gone for him in the first place. Perfect casting. Also “people” , , most “people” just like talent or what entertains them. BC is quality and elevates anything he is in, which really isn’t that much stuff at all.

  18. no thanks says:

    no thanks

  19. Jonathan says:

    People complain superheroes are gonna get overexposed, maybe with the knockoff studios trying to mimic Marvel Studios or purposely trying to do the opposite but at the end of the day Marvel Studios will make hundreds upon hundreds of millions if not billions from this and other upcoming films. This studio has almost made $800 millions on a film about a tree and a raccoon. Most of their films are rather good and those that aren’t they make they fix their messups in the next film.

    Doctor Strange opens a huge relm of possibilities to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s a film that allows Marvel to tell another type of film genre featuring superheroes and/or antiheroes. Plus if they do get Benedict Clumberbatch as Stephen Strange then Marvel Studios gets another actor who has huge nerd fan followings, this will allow them more freedom from movies featuring Robert Downey Jr or guys named Chris… and just imagine the lines for Avengers 3 if all of them are in it, lol

  20. It’s just perfect casting. He could have also played Baron Mordu.

  21. nan00se says:

    so disappointing -he just lacks the right kind of charm

  22. Tali Adina says:

    Reblogged this on Uncanny Pop and commented:
    Looks like Sherlock’s gonna be Dr. Strange! Via Variety.com

  23. Guest says:

    Yawn. Yawn. Yawn. No. Boring. No.

  24. Me says:

    Dear Mr. Cumberbatch:
    You are fast approaching “overexposed” status. People will start to dislike/resent you despite your considerable talent, simply because you are in freakin’ EVERYTHING. Do yourself, your career, and the viewing public a favor, and take a year off. Very soon.

  25. Laurie says:

    How can this be. Benedict has lots of work lined up for next year. I’m fretting that those great projects will now be binned. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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