It's official! After much speculation, it has been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Dr Stephen Strange in the 2016 Doctor Strange movie from Marvel Studios.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 4, 2014
Marvel confirmed the news this morning online:
Benedict Cumberbatch has entered the world of the mystic arts.
The actor will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
The Doctor Strange movie is one cog in the third phase of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.
Other films coming in the next few years will focus on characters including Stephen Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther as well as the Inhumans. We'll also enter the Marvel Civil War storyline in the third Captain America movie.