Doctor Strange Report: Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE written by Sean Gerber October 27, 2014 Has Marvel Studios finally found its DOCTOR STRANGE? Deadline says the studio has with Benedict Cumberbatch now being in final negotiations for the title role in director Scott Derrickson’s upcoming superhero film. Cumberbatch was first rumored for the role months ago, but cooled as the focus shifted to Joaquin Phoenix. Now, Cumberbatch is back in the mix as the buzz around him is at an all-time high with his performance in THE IMITATION GAME having many listing him as a favorite for an Oscar nomination. If this really is the end of Marvel’s search for Stephen Strange, call it a successful one. Cumberbatch fulfills the prerequisite of being a great actor while also adding another key dimension with his understanding of and appreciation for fan and geek culture. He’ll be right at home with the Marvel Cinematic Universe crowd and already seemed to be having fun with it while handling questions about the persistent rumors at July’s San Diego Comic Con. It’s important to remember that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard the phrase “final negotiations” used to describe talks between Marvel and an actor for this role, so we eagerly await and hope for studio confirmation on this. Marvel has a big event planned for Marvel Unlimited Plus subscribers and media in Los Angeles tomorrow, which would certainly be an appropriate time to make such an announcement, if the deal is done. Report: Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Doctor StrangeMarvelMarvel Cinematic Universe 19 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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April 12, 2016 Joshua Nathan Strong Although this is a good piece of casting for Marvel, he seems too perfect for the role (If there is such a thing.) and this seems like very ‘safe casting’ by the studio and Scott Derrickson. While he has shown some range in his roles especially of late (I encouraged everyone to go see the Imitation Game as Cumberbatch is getting some Oscar buzz.), this is not the inspired casting that I hoped for. When I heard that names like Oscar Issac, Jared Leto and Jake Gyllenhaal were up for the role, I got more excited about the prospects of the film and I would’ve lead the parade for the film if one of them were cast. While I am still looking very much towards Doctor Strange, I am not as excited by this as I hoped to be. Robert Reineke I’m more worried about the writing and direction than I am about any concerns that he’s a “safe” choice. The Imitation Game is proof enough that he can do good work outside his comfort zone if he’s asked to do so. Sean Gerber Agreed. Cumberbatch is up to the task of whatever the film requires from an acting standpoint. It’s the job of Spaihts and Derrickson (and Feige) to come up with those requirements. I don’t know enough about Spaihts, but I’m fully confident in Derrickson after SINISTER and DELIVER US FROM EVIL. Joshua Nathan Strong You need to read Spaiths original script for Prometheus, the draft before Damon Lindelof ruined everything. That script is fantastic, and should’ve been the movoe we got besides Prometheus. So I have full confidence in the creative team, and I just think that Cumberbatch being casted is great because not only is he a great actor, but he lends credibility to the project. I’m just not as excited as I wouldve been if someone else like a Mcgregor or a Leto had gotten the role. Regardless, I’ll be at the midnight showing with the rest of you. T.J. When I hear someone say, “Benedict Cumberbatch just seems like he’s too good of a fit for Dr. Strange,” it sounds to me like someone saying, “Man, I’m hungry, but pizza sounds like it would be too good right now. Maybe some kale?” 🙂 Michael Lalaian That’s basically the conversation I have with myself every single night, actually. T.J. You’re a man after my own heart, Michael. Michael Lalaian Kale and Quinoa for the win! T.J. Hmm. You and I handle that conundrum … differently. Michael Lalaian …with pizza for dessert! :-p Rob Ó Conchúir Completely agree with this. I was far more excited by the idea of Joaquin Phoenix or Ewan McGregor (whose performance would likely have been closer to ‘Trainspotting’ than the Star Wars prequels). Michael Lalaian Of all the guys rumored, he was the one I was least excited by. Still, I’m not going to judge the whole film based on this. I’m still very much looking forward to it! T.J. I’ve finally started watching season 3 of Sherlock this week. The concepts of “Benedict Cumberbatch” and “my skepticism” are about as far apart as Marvel & Joaquin Phoenix were on a contract apparently. Adrian Edmondson Black Panther has been confirmed along with Infinity Gauntlet . We are in a special time people with DC, Marvel and Fox bringing the goods in full measure !!!!! Too much good news MMMites ! My brain cannot take it !!! * does several Bierly squeals while spinning on the floor like Curly from the 3 stooges * stock I like his Sherlock, love his Smaug, but hated his Kahn. I don’t think he’s gonna look good with a moustache either. Personally, he’s a little over-exposed for my liking. I was still hoping for someone who isn’t already established playing a fictional icon, but he’s a good actor and I look forward to something different from Marvel. A little from the occult B-side. Robert Reineke I thought Cumberbatch looked fine with a mustache in War Horse, fwiw. I think it’s more an internet thing that Cumberbatch is overexposed than reality. At least in the USA. Certainly, this year, 3 episodes of Sherlock, and The Imitation Game are the only places you can see his face on screen. I’ll agree that I’m not of fan of STID or that version of Khan, but I think it’s more the writing than anything. Khan is angry at the beginning, angry in the middle, and angry at the end. He makes little in the way of choices. And he really only kicks butt, alone, or glowers from behind glass. He really has no relationship with anyone in the film. stock I’m only half serious about the mustache. I’m sure it’ll be good. I don’t think a man can call himself a man until he’s grown some serious facial hair at least once in his life. To the Kahn point I call it just plain miscasting. No fault of his acting, but I probably would have gone with someone who at least looked like a guy named KHAAAN! Maybe the dude who played the starship captain in the first flick. Let that guy have a chance at stardom. I also think these guys shouldn’t be trolling around for a lot of iconic characters to play. He’s playing Sherlock Holmes. You don’t get more iconic than that. Why try to inhabit another known icon for multiple years. I’m not really a fan of RDJ as Sherlock for that reason as well. Robert Reineke Oh, I’m sure you were half serious. I never thought it was a significant point. I don’t mind actors taking on more than one iconic role. Heck, if I’m going to compare Cumberbatch to an older actor, Peter Cushing springs to mind. And, I like Cushing taking on Baron Frakenstein, Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, and the Sheriff of Nottingham. stock Me too, but we’re talking another time, when I believe Cushing worked before actors won the mega million lotto for playing a character in multiple pictures. I think he played Holmes only once. Never saw his S.O.N, but his Frankenstein was a true monster, much scarier than his creatures. All for Hammer, I think. For those guys, I’m sure it was more about the gig than the money, though they had bills to pay and English taxes. Now, I’m not so sure the money isn’t the main thing. Part of me just wants somebody else for Doc Strange, but BC is an obvious choice so I’m not surprised. It makes more sense than Kahn anyway, which he’ll probably play again since they didn’t kill him off.