After months of speculation and rumors, conjecture and hope, Marvel has finally announced who will be stepping into the facial hair of the Sorcerer Supreme. Now, this is a matter that has been beaten to death in blogs/opinions/comments/chatrooms (are those still a thing?) across the interwebs and every fanboy and fangirl on the planet seems to have an opinion on who should play Stephen Strange in the upcoming Marvel Phase 3 entry, Doctor Strange. However, get ready to jump back into the debate, now that we have official confirmation of the casting. Marvel is reporting that the ever-awesome Benedict Cumberbatch has taken the role of Doctor Strange.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Stephen Strange was a very arrogant neurosurgeon who loses his extensive skills after a car accident leaves him with broken, shaky hands. After exhausting his resources and being forced to perform less-than-legal surgeries with those shaky hands for spare cash, Strange eventually locates “The Ancient One” who reluctantly (and only after Strange has saved him from death) teaches the doc the mystic arts.
While Stephen may not be the Doctor we all would love to see him play, Cumberbatch really has the potential to kill this role. I cannot be alone in my adoration of Cumberbatch. Hell, just take a stroll through any comic con and you will see Sherlock cosplayers to the left and to the right that would each love to sing their praises to Benedict. That being said, the Imitation Game star is not the first choice in many minds when it comes to one of Marvel’s most magical characters. Marvel head Kevin Feige has some words of comfort to those that are not pleased as punch at the casting announcement.
“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.”
While most of Marvel’s movies have loosely followed the comic book origins of the characters, this one may be a bit of a tough nut to crack. Yes, we have a Hulk but at least that was based in science. Crazy, ridiculous, unlikely science, but science none the less. As a matter of fact, each of the movies that Marvel has offered could be based in science. “What about Thor?”, you ask? If you remember, the God of Thunder mentions that in Asgard, science and magic are the same thing. So, perhaps that allusion may wind up being the basis for the magic that absolutely must be front and center in Doctor Strange. Otherwise, Marvel may have a riot on their hands.
There is still plenty of time to discuss Cumberbatch’s casting before the movie hits theaters on November 4, 2016, and let’s be honest – by then, you will be telling everyone that you were always on board with Cumberbatch in the first place so that you won’t have to admit you trashed him in error. In the meanwhile…
What do you think of the casting news? Who would you have liked to see in the role?