The Shortest Doctor Strange Short List Yet is Only Benedict Cumberbatch

10/27/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


Finally, right?  The movie has been rumored for years, but we've been plagued by Doctor Strange actor shortlists for what seems like months now.  Finally, the search is over.  Doctor Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme will likely be played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  The actor is "in final talks" with Marvel, meaning we can expect an official announcement soon.

The movie will be directed by Scott Derrickson, who is known for the horror movies Sinister and The Last Exorcism of Emily Rose, but he also has some sci-fi big budget experience with The Day the Earth Stood Still.

We can expect a lot of info about this movie to be finally announced now that the lead actor is in place.  There is still no release date in place, but it's all but a lock to go to Marvel's July 8th, 2016 reservation, just a few months after Captain America 3.

That location in the Marvel timeline will prove to be a very interesting place, as Captain America 3 will likely sew the seeds of Civil War, with the recent rumors of Tony Stark playing a strong part in that story.

Doctor Strange also finds itself a year after Ant-Man, making him the 2nd post Avengers 1 Character with a standalone introduction.

Stephen Strange was already teased in Captain America 2, so it will be interesting to see if and how he is tied in to the upcoming films.  Since his existence and prominence has already been confirmed, it would be interesting to  see some more tie-ins before his solo debut.

Now that DC has announced a 6 year roadmap full of releases, it would be good for Marvel to attach some titles to more of the reserved release dates, but  Doctor Strange is a good start.  DCs titles include a Wonder Woman solo film, and a Cyborg stand alone film, which puts even more pressure on Marvel to finally get around to a Black Panther movie and a Captain Marvel with a female lead, or the long rumored Black Widow movie.

Marvel's Phase 3 is definitely shaping up to be very different from the first 2 phases, with the injection of more new characters.  After seeing the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, it looks like the post Avengers 2 Marvel Cinematic Universe will see more change than there was after the first Avengers team up.

Source: Deadline


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