He has yet to be introduced on screen but one future member of The Avengers worth getting excited about is Doctor Strange, the sorcerer supreme. After years of hearing about interest in the character and project from Marvel executives, the master of mysticism promises to open the Marvel Cinematic Universe to quantum mechanics, string theory, parallel dimensions in November 2016.
Much like Guardians of the Galaxy blew open the cosmic side of the MCU, Doctor Strange will do the same with magic, and playing the brilliant neurosurgeon will be Benedict Cumberbatch. By now, you may have seen seen loads of fan-art of Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange or perhaps of other rumored actors in the part – robes, facial hair and all – but today we have our first sort of tease of Benedict’s Marvel look from the film’s director, Scott Derrickson. Specifically, we have more fan artwork which hints at Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange facial hair.
Below is a tweet Derrickson shared earlier today, without explaining that it’s unofficial and without even knowing who made it, which sent some fans and media into a bit of a stir. He later found out who made it (Don Franco) and shared the info.
"Strange but not a stranger" - Talking Heads pic.twitter.com/30lPiwfGhk— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 22, 2014
It’s just a silhouette of Benedict’s face with a picturesque cosmic background and it’s not even official, but it’s a nice tease for a character we’ve all been waiting to see cast and realized for ages, especially from the man in charge of the film’s direction, and in part, the character design. So he will probably look similar to what you see above. Given the timing of the casting, and knowing production begins next year, it’s possible Doctor Strange appears as soon as next summer as a cameo in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, especially if rumors about its conclusion prove true.
With The Hobbit trilogy coming to a conclusion – where Cumberbatch plays two characters – and him not landing roles in Star Wars: Episode VII or Justice League of which he was reportedly in the running for, it’s good for fans of the British star seeing him land a major franchise role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one that’ll likely see him bring Doctor Stephen Strange to big screens multiple times over the next decade, and perhaps, even longer.
Below are more pieces of cool Cumberbatch-Strange fan art we’ve found:
Added January 5, 2015:
Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson off a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Jon Spaihts. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.
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