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The Doctor is in: Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange!

The Doctor is in: Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange!

By December 5, 2014 Pulp Non-Fiction No Comments

Within the Marvel world, there are two things I’m really passionate about: Iron Man and Doctor Strange. You can imagine how excited I was when the first rumours about a Doctor Strange film surfaced and even moreso after it was confirmed.

Everything was looking great but there was a very important detail missing: the lead actor. Who could possibly play the Sorcerer Supreme and not die trying?

We heard it all and it even seemed that 90% of Hollywood was on the list: Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling and even Keanu Reeves were rumoured to be on the run for the role.

There was a moment in time when the fandom almost started a riot: Joaquin Phoenix was in final talks for the role. Don’t get me wrong (oh man, I’ve had to make this clear so many times): I have absolutely nothing against Joaquin. I love him! He is incredibly talented and I insist that if he hadn’t been epically ignored in the past Academy Awards, he would have taken the Oscar for Best Actor. *Drops the mic*

Stuff happened and that deal never happened. Obviously.

And now, after a long wait, a few fights within the fandom over who should play Stephen Strange (I was rooting for Oded Fehr, to be honest) and the big names from the list joining DC (Tom Hardy and Jared Leto are now part of Suicide Squad), we finally know who will be our Doctor: Benedict Cumberbatch.

Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange.
Stephen Strange.

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character”, said Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios.

Let the madness begin.

"The Imitation Game" Premiere - Arrivals - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

When the first rumours about Benedict being in talks with Marvel popped up, the fandom was divided into two: those who were shouting a big “HELL YES!” and those who were pulling their hair, shouting “OH GOD, NO!”.

I am a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan; you have no idea. That man has a large part of my heart, but I have the weirdest, most intense mixture of feelings about this. For my next trick, I’ll try to put those feelings in coherent sentences. Wish me luck.

Doctor Strange is my second favourite superhero, right after Iron Man, sharing the second-place spot with Captain America.

Benedict Cumberbatch is one of my favourite actors. Did you see him in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein? Brilliant. Just brilliant. Even though having him play one of my favourite heroes would seem like a dream come true, it doesn’t really feel like that. So: why?

I am one of those who was expecting a person of colour to play Stephen Strange and I never lost faith on Oded Fehr somehow getting the part.

I don’t doubt Benedict’s skills AT ALL; it just feels a bit disappointing.

BUT (because there’s always a “but”!) I am convinced it’s going to be epic no matter what. Why? Because of Scott Derrickson, of course!

If there’s one valuable thing I learned this semester, is that the director’s vision is pretty much everything. So it doesn’t really matter if it’s Benedict or Oded: it’s going to incredible, dark, magical and mind-blowing simply because it’s in Derrickson’s hands. And he is amazing.

So, cheer up, my fellow Doctor Strange-lovers who were expecting someone else for the lead role: believe me when I tell you it’s going to be all worth it in the end.

Now, let’s sit down, have a cup of coffee or tea (your choice) and patiently wait for more news about the film (Some plot details would be nice? Please?) and the first on-set stills.



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