Doctor Strange: Marvel Interested in Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy

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While Marvel Studios runs down the clock searching for a director to fill the void left behind by Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man – a film that was supposed to begin shooting right around now – they’re also already on the hunt for another franchise star. Joining Ant-Man in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be Doctor Strange, a movie that found a director in Scott Derrickson (Sinister) this week despite not having a release date.

Given that Marvel has locked down a summer date in July 2016 and will undoubtedly have a pair of features in 2017, the easy assumption is to say that that master of mysticism will have his big screen debut in 2016, two months after Captain America 3. We’ll find out for certain this July at San Diego Comic-Con, where Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige tends to make major announcements, and this year we can expect to find out the full Phase 3 slate.

We can also expect to see the first footage for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and if they’re especially ambitious, maybe they’ll bring out some actors for their upcoming movies- maybe even Doctor Strange himself. We’ve known for sometime that Marvel was in talks and looking at a few actors for the part, and according to Deadline, two of the names Marvel is looking are are Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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If the decision were to come down to just these two names you can count on Cumberbatch being the top choice. He’s ripe for the picking when it comes to the mightily coveted comic book superhero role (and the lengthy multi-picture contract that comes with it) and he brings a unique charm and quirkiness (see: Sherlock) that would add flavor to The Avengers. There’s also the fact that Hardy has a big potential franchises in development in Mad Max and Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell and he still has fans impersonating his Bane voice from The Dark Knight Rises.

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Cumberbatch has been a common staple among fan wishlists for Marvel movie castings (including our own for Doctor Strange) and he even visited Marvel HQ last year and appeared on their podcast. He was a frequently rumored and reported name of interest for Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII but maybe that was for Disney’s Marvel branch instead?


More: The First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review


Scott Derrickson will direct Doctor Strange from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. No release date has been set.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Source: Deadline

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  1. My guess is that Hardy is up for a villain role in the movie, and possibly Cumberbatch, too. Both are fine actors, but neither seems well suited for the role.

    Pedro Pascal would be my choice. His was the breakout character of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. I think he’d be perfect.

    • I think Pedro Pascal would be a great choice as well. Though, i think Pedro Pascal would be the best choice for Mephisto, if there was a role for it in the MCU.

  2. Hard to imagine Cumberbatch as a Marvel comic strip character A brilliant actor, with many fine performances and a great future. Kind of like casting Alec Guiness as Mickey Mouse (thank goodness that was never suggested).

    • Then you have no imagination… and a poor memory…

      Mickey Mouse has as much in common with Dr. Strange as Snoopy has in common with Batman.

      Besides, it’s not like Sir Alec Guiness would ever play the role of a Jedi who used ‘the Force’ and a glowing nightstick, either.

      Or Patrick Stewart would ever play Professor Xavier.

      Or Sir Ian McKellan would choose the role of Magneto.

      Or Sir Anthony Hopkins would play Odin.

      The internet has more than enough pretentious hipsters without you adding to their number. Come back after you’ve done a little research please, because your ignorance is glaringly obvious.

      • That would be Sir Patrick Stewart as well my friend.

      • As Sir Ben Kingsley said when asked why he did the Thunderbirds movie: “There are no small rolls, only small actors.”

        • I ate a small roll last night so he lies! ;)

      • Putting a ‘Sir’ in front of their name, or having a British accent does not mean that an actor would be perfect for every role they’re given or want.

        Although I’m not a big ‘Sherlock’ fan (even after having seen every episode), I tend to think Cumberbatch is a decent actor, however having read most of the comics, I don’t think he’s right to play Dr. Strange.

        If he gets the part, I hope he does a great job, and I hope I enjoy the movie, but there are many other actors out there who I’m sure would fit the part better.

  3. I wouldn’t be sad with any of these two actors (both Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are great actors and I am sure they would bring something to the character), but I am gonna keep saying that I wish Mads Mikkelsen would land this role. His work in Hannibal has me totally convinced.

    I could also go for Pedro Pascal after his portrayal of Prince Oberyn in Game of Thrones or Matthew McConaughey after his portrayal of Rust in True Detective.

    Johnny Deep was always a fan favourite but he seems discarded. It could have been fan seeing him with RDJ in Avengers 3.

    Anyway, now that they seem to have director, I hope they officially confirm the release date and the leading actor soon.

    Phase 3 could be pretty cool with 3 new properties (Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, the Inhumans)

  4. I think a Latin-American Doctor Strange would fit nicely.

    He looks a bit Latin in the comics to my eye, and also, after the accident he could go in retreat in the Amazone, and get in contact with Sjamans. As far as Mystics en Magic goes pehaps a more interesting way to go than the Himalya.

    He even could drink ayuashaca as his intitial understanding of his role …:)

  5. I think this role should go to someone older. I’m with Nightcrawler and I’ve said it before someone like Mads Mikkelsen would be perfect. He was in ’300′ so he can handle the action scenes and mature enough to play the role. Dr. Strange was an accomplished surgeon before his accident, it would be hard for me to believe that a 30′s something actor would pull that off, but then again we have Doogie Howser, Lol.

    • Mads Mikkelsen was also in Clash of Titans. He is definitely fit to handle the action plus, and more important, he has the gravitas that this role requires.

      Vote for Mads Mikkelsen!!!

      • NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! Don’t put the creepy guy in a mystical role! This may be surreal but its not a horror movie!!!

        Try looking up James Caviezel. He’d be much better in this IMO.

    • Agreed! And he also has some great fight scenes on Hannibal. He can definitely handle the physicality. He’d be an awesome choice.

  6. If one of these two are going to be Doctor Strange please let it be Cumberbatch. Tom Hardy would not fit Strange at all, and besides, he’s already playing Gambit which is stupid!

  7. Tom Hardy is not playing Gambit. That is Channing Tatum.

  8. Benedict as the Doctor?

    Nice… but not the particular Doctor I want to see him play.

    (Don’t get me wrong still -really- looking forward to Capaldi)

    • As long as he never plays either Dr. I’ll still watch them.

    • Benedict Cumberbatch rocked the 2014 San Diego Comic con. His fans lined up as early as dawn to see him . The celebrities themselves had selfies with Benedict, a most amiable co star. At Hall H, there were more questions directed to Benedict than to anyone else. Cumberbatch was clearly enjoying his MEGA celebrity status at this maiden trip to comic con. I hope he gets to play
      Dr Strange if only Marvel can find the time between Benedict’s HAMLET PERFORMANCE and his SHERLOCK shoot . He is truly
      a MARVELOUS actor , so chameleon-like that his own persona disappears in all his roles.

  9. Cumberbatch would be fantastic. Hardy doesn’t interest me. He certainly couldnt do the PR necessary for the franchise. Fiege could never keep a hold of him. Cumberbatch would be a better choice. He’s far more comfortable with doing all the necessary pr for a film. Hardy is awkward. Plus Cumberbatch has a huge following in Asia.

  10. Even though I like both Hardy and Cumberbatch as prospects for Dr.Strange. I have a few ideas for Dr.Strange casting here’s my top 5 favorites. Pedro Pascal,Timothy Olyphant,Jason Isaacs,Eric Bana (I know Ang Lee’s Hulk left a bitter taste in or mouths but he really has gotten better after it.),Luke Evans, and my personal favorite being Aiden Gillen ( In case you don’t know him he plays Petyr Baelish in GoT). What you guys think?

    • Heh, my top 3 is Luke Evans, Anson Mount and Pedro Pascal. 2 of which are in your top 5 lol.
      Bana and Olyphant wouldn’t be bad, but I think Isaacs could be a bit too old.
      And I just don’t see Gillen as Strange at all, still better than Cumberbatch though.

    • Timothy Olyphant would be great too.

  11. Jim Caviezel was born to play this part. Right age, right demeanor ,right look

  12. This may sound crazy but I think they should consider Billy Bob Thorton for the role.
    His popularity has soared since Fargo. He’s got the arrogance the one time successful surgeon carried and the look is there as well. Plus he’s about the right age Strange might be after successful surgical career cut short.

  13. Matthew Goode! He needs to be Dr. Strange

  14. I think I read somewhere that Doctor Strange is sort of going to be a bandaid for the loss of a solo Iron-man movie, and as we know, Stephen Strange does have a lot in common with Tony Stark (Characteristics-wise). I think what Marvel is really looking for is someone with enough Star power to carry a movie on his shoulder but should not be a big enough star to over-shadow the roles they do. Which is why I think they are going to go after Benedict. He is really Hot right now,but does not have anything to show for it yet and I really think he needs a huge franchise like this to shoot him up to the levels he really deserves to go. And he is absolutely under-the-skin perfect actor in most parts that he gets. As long as Doctor Strange is a deep multi-dimensional and kick-ass character (which we know he is) I am confident that Benedict will pull it off like nobody’s business.

    I was screaming Benedict for Dr.Strange around a year ago.. I am glad someone heard!=)

  15. Hugh Dancy. He is Strange enough and can pull of the distance from arrogant to broken meme necessary to bring the viewer to empathize with the character, Dr Strange. Leto is not a relatable actor IMO. Paul Dano or Ryan Gosling would be interesting choices too.

  16. I will never understand this fascination with Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s nothing special. I know I don’t want to see his creepy face in a Dr. Strange movie

  17. Nope nope yor alllll wrong!!…loll… Verily I say unto thee….if they cast the next avengers PROPERLY.. Cumberbatch is…THE VISION!!…case cloooosed bubbie loll!

  18. Based on the dark, strong willed, and similar personality type leading roles Tom has played before I’d say he’s on marvels radar to replace Hugh Jackman as WOLVERINE.

  19. I would personally pick Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I’ve enjoyed his movies and seeing him as Dracula is what convinced me. He has very mesmerizing eyes, and could portray the suave and seriousness of Doctor Strange rather well. Plus, he looks a good bit like him. Now don’t get me wrong, Cumberbatch is a good actor, and he played a great Khan, and while I’ve never watched Sherlock, I’ve heard he does a fine job in that. only downside to such a casting is Cumberbatch is a bit overdone and people want to put him in everything. Now if he had been a bit of a lesser known actor, then I could see him as Strange. Tom Hardy would probably be my choice between the two of them..he’d just have to slim down a bit lol. But aside from those 2, I would still pick JRM any day. But that’s just me.

  20. Benedict cumberbatch at the DreamWorks just hinted at being Dr. Strange- referenced an obscure character from the comics

  21. Benedict cumberbatch at the DreamWorks panel just hinted at being Dr. Strange- referenced an obscure character from the comics

  22. I’m a huge fan of Benedict because he is an amazing actor and I’m sure he has a really bright future in Hollywood, but I just don’t think he fits the role of Doctor Strange.

    I think someone like Luke Evans would be perfect for the role.

  23. I think Jim Caviezel would make an excellent Dr. Strange! C’mon Marvel, these guys don’t really fit the role IMO.