Marvel has finally found its Doctor Strange, and Deadline is reporting that its Benedict Cumberbatch. Marvel is gearing up its marketing push for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and has recently sent e-mails to several films bloggers to attend a special announcement tomorrow at 11 AM. Many are speculating that this is to announce Dr. Strange, and possibly show some footage from Age of Ultron.
Long-rumored to be in the running for the role, Cumberbatch is a fanboy and especially girl favorite, staking his claim to American stardom with his turn as a modern Sherlock Holmes that was a PBS smash hit and won him an Emmy. He is also well-known because of his role as the villain Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. This year, Cumberbatch is likely to be in the Oscar hunt this year for The Imitation Game, the Alan Turing biopic that the Weinstein Co is priming for a November 21 release.
Scott Derrickson is in line to direct Dr. Strange with a screenplay from Jon Spaihts (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.
Dr. Strange is slated to come out in July of 2016.