Marvel’s stable of movie superheroes is due to grow over the next few years, and one of the first new characters to be introduced will be Doctor Strange, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch. EW has gotten hold of the first pics of Benedict in the role, where he’s certainly looking rather grandiose and dapper. There are also a couple of bits of concept art from the film.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Tilda Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, while Chiwetel Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under the Ancient One in the comic books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis. Mads Mikelsen is also onboard to play an as yet unnamed villain, who EW says, is ‘a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect… he believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.’
Scott Derrickson is directing the movie. It’ll be in cinemas November 2016.