Doctor Strange Casting News: Benedict Cumberbatch Reportedly In Negotiations For Upcoming Marvel Film

By Steve Buja , Updated Oct 27, 2014 03:38 PM EDT

At this point, it was clear that Marvel's criteria for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange, Earth's Sorcerer Supreme had been whittled down to 'any living man'. And while it would have been a bold move to change the character to Stephanie Strange, we are sadly not that fortunate. Next up on the list: Benedict Cumberbatch

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Deadline is reporting that the Sherlock and Star Trek star is the latest to begin negotiations for the role. Cumberbatch is currently doing the rounds, and is in heavy Oscar talk for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the upcoming flick The Imitation Game in a little under a month, so Marvel is striking while the iron is hot to snatch up the world's most popular Tumblr topic.

Marvel and Cumberbatch have entered into negotiations. Let us be clear: we will not believe Cumberbatch is actually in the role until we see the credits roll on the finished film, such has been the worth of all the 'confirmed castings' of late.

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Cumberbatch will bring an iciness and intellectual arrogance that is certainly required of the cocky Stephen Strange. The 38 year-old actor is nothing but very good at those kind of roles. He even has the look of someone who is... better than you and I, or at least thinks himself that way. Sherlock, Khan, Turing - Cumberbatch has made a career playing incredibly smart men.

Will he be a good Strange? I must believe so.

Doctor Strange is due out in 2016, though a specific date has not been confirmed. It is highly speculated that it will fill the July 8 spot in the extensive Marvel release calendar. No doubt Marvel is waiting for final confirmation on who will take up the mantle before announcing the specific date.

The film is being directed by Scott Derrickson and is written by Spaihts. After an accident, an arrogant surgeon is taken under the wing of a grand sorcerer and must use his newfound powers to defend the Earth against mystical threats.

The MCU has recently gone full on Cosmic with the Guardians of the Galaxy film, and Doctor Strange will introduce the world to the more outright magical side of things. A whole new host of adversaries will await.

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