The Marvel Cinematic Universe has travelled to the far reaches of the universe and introduced audiences to Norse gods like Thor and Odin, but back on Earth things are about to take a turn for the mystical in Doctor Strange. The second Marvel movie of 2016 will star Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange, a surgeon who discovers a new career as a sorcerer and superhero after an accident robs him of the use of his hands.

Doctor Strange has been filming on location in Nepal, and thanks to a combination of cameras and social media we’ve already seen glimpses of Cumberbatch as Strange and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo. Marvel has also offered a look at some of the concept art for the film, but now for the first time we have an official promo image of Cumberbatch in character to share.

Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the image shows Cumberbatch in what is presumably his final look as Doctor Strange, rather than the straggly-bearded apprentice that we’ve seen in set photos. The overall look is very similar to that of the comic book character: a high-collared red cape, trimmed goatee, threads of silver in his hair and – of course – the Eye of Agamotto amulet around his neck. The cover image promises more details from the set of Doctor Strange when the issue hits news stands, so we’re looking forward to finding out more about Doctor Strange very soon.

Check out Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange below:

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Doctor Strange reunites the creative team behind the horror movie Sinister: director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, the latter of whom worked on the script along with co-writers Thomas Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Jon Spaihts. Also starring alongside Cumberbatch and Ejiofor are Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen.

Has this first official look at Cumberbatch in character sold you on Doctor Strange? Let us know what you think of the costume design – and what you’re hoping to see in the movie – in the comments section below.

Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.

Source: Entertainment Weekly