Benedict Cumberbatch joins another franchise you love as Deadline is reporting he is Marvel’s choice for the role of Dr. Strange. It was a matter of time before he started in a superhero film and Dr. Strange suits him. It also continues Marvel’s run of casting actors from cult TV shows, with this being the most high profile casting.
Tumblr is going to shut down when he interacts with the other Avengers.
Screen Daily are reporting that production on Marvel’s Doctor Strange film will start mid 2015 with Marvel giving it the July 8 2016 release date. Marvel of course have release dates planned for the next 90 something years and have a whole host of characters to fill them.
It is not however known who will be playing the title role. Joaquin Phoenix is heavily rumoured but it seems like contract negotiations have held up his announcement. Fan favourites like Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones and Benedict Cumberbatch, but to be fair Benedict Cumberbatch is rumoured for everything. Jon Hamm also recently shot down rumours that it was going to be him, though surely it’s a matter of time before he appears in a superhero film.
Another big rumour is that this film will not be an origin story, instead starting with Doctor Strange in full control of his powers and that that is how Marvel films will function from here on in. This is an interesting choice, particularly with a character like Doctor Strange, who while having an animated movie depicting his origin a few years ago, has never had an animated story and as not as widely known as someone like say Spider-Man, whose origin story has been told to us through various animated series but we still saw 2 different origin films for him with an 11 year period. Similarly Batman is someone who I don’t think we need to see another origin story for again.
This film marks the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first delve into the supernatural world of Marvel, once again expanding the wide scope of Marvel especially after the success of this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The interesting thing about the Marvel movies is that they’re not superhero movies, they’re movies with superheroes in them. So Guardians of the Galaxy was a space opera while Winter Soldier was a political thriller yet they all exist in this one universe. With them delving into the supernatural, could the rumour of Wesley Snipes returning as Blade be tied in with this, they have after all both been part of the Midnight Sons along with another character who Marvel got the rights back to, Ghost Rider. Marvel have taken to doing team ups outside of their Marvel movies, with Black Widow and Falcon of course appearing in Winter Soldier, so maybe 2 of the most iconic supernatural Marvel characters could make an appearance in Doctor Strange.