Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is about to add to his fandom cred with a foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His highly anticipated portrayl of the Sorcerer Supreme in the upcoming Doctor Strange feature film has been a buzz amongst the fans thanks to the highly comic book-accurate costume and clear dedication to the source material.
A fansite with a keen eye recently zoomed-in on the Doctor Strange movie poster that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend and noticed a previously unknown casting detail. It turns out that seasoned actor Benjamin Bratt (The Infiltrator) will have a role in the film, but who will he portray?
The exact role that Benjamin Bratt will tackle in the film is as of yet unknown. Doctor Strange won’t be the first time that the Law & Order star has delved into the superhero genre. Bratt recently lent his talents to the world of DC Comics by voicing Superman and Hernan Guerra in the 2015 web series, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, companion series to the DC Universe Animated Film Justice League: Gods and Monsters.
Potential SPOILERS for Doctor Strange ahead.
The new trailer for the film, which was released at San Diego Comic-Con, gives us a deeper look at the film. The new footage doesn’t give us any look at Bratt’s character, but does highlight a well-known enemy of Doctor Strange in the comic books, Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). It appears that Strange and Mordo may end up being more friend than foe in the films, at least in this initial installment.
The real villain has already been revealed to be Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). The character will be a departure from his traditional role in the comics, by being a solo baddie in search of a magic relic that will give him access to dark magic. In the comics Kaecilius is well established as one of Mordo’s servants, and that could in theory still end up being a twist at the end of this film.
The inclusion of Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a vital one, because it serves to introduce magic into the reality of the superheroes. The inclusion of great comic book elements, like Doctor Strange’s Cloak of Levitation and the Book of the Vishanti, are just a few of the great ways that magic will take a front seat in this film. If you’re an avid reader of comics, you already know that magic and those that can wield it, play a big part in many important corners of Marvel Comics and the characters within.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Marvel Studios [via MCU Exchange]