Marvel has officially bagged the white whale.
Here’s the news from Marvel:
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.”
You can hear the highest chorus of fhe internets singing right now if you listen carefuly.
Doctor Strange is one of the more important characters to the Marvel Universe, as sorcerer supreme he guards the earth against mystic and supernatural threats. That means that we’re gonna start seeing more weird stuff in Marvel movies. I’m totally on board with this idea and with Cumberbatch playing the man himself.
The man is a great actor (if maybe slightly overexposed at the moment) and this is a big role in the biggest nerd universe going, and that’s pretty much a match made in heaven.