Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Dr. Strange in Upcoming Marvel Film

The guessing game of who will play Dr. Strange in the upcoming Marvel Films release has finally been answered.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be Dr. Strange!

Benedict Cumberbatch at the London premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has already established himself as a go-to actor to add credibility and excitement to a movie.

Cumberbatch is best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama Sherlock. When he was cast as a mystery role in Star Trek Into Darkness, fans went crazy with speculation.  When that role turned out to be Khan, both Star Trek fans and Sherlock fans got something they both liked.

Dr. Strange – bit player, sideshow, or integrated into the Marvel universe?

Dr. Strange is expected to have a 2016 release date, but so far there are a lot more questions about it than answers.

Though the biggest question that was out there has finally been answered, there are still a lot of possibilities for this film.

How will Dr. Strange, who has always been a bit of an outsider, integrate with some of the other characters in the Marvel Films universe? Are we going to see more of a one-shot story line or will this be something that will tie in to Dr. Strange’s later run-ins with the Avengers and Scarlet Witch?

Who will be the villain? The most obvious choices would be Baron Mordo, who has always been Dr. Strange’s most prominent foe.  If the story being told is an origination story, telling how Dr. Strange hurt his hands and lost his medical abilities, forgoing them to learn sorcery, then Baron Mordo will surely be featured in the film.  If, on the other hand, the plot jumps into current action and they leave the origination to be told through exposition then they could have anyone from Dormammu to Dracula as the villain.