There have been rumours abound in recent weeks over the casting of Doctor Strange in the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently we’ve seen names like Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor being discussed for the character who was ever so briefly referenced in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Doctor Strange of course is the protector of earth against all magical threats, he was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in an issue of Strange Tales which was published 1963. Doctor Strange is also referred to as “the mightiest magician in the cosmos!”
It is now being reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to portray Doctor Strange in the MCU. Supposedly Joaquin Phoenix was a favourite at Marvel Studios, but was reluctant to sign on for a multiple film contract.
Benedict is a busy man of course, appearing in the Hobbit trilogy which sees its final film released this December, and he’s still the leading man on TV’s Sherlock.
While not yet confirmed by Marvel, the Doctor Strange solo film is rumoured to be targeting a mid-2016 release, if true they’ll be keen to lock in their leading man soon so that the film’s production schedule can be locked in.