Brace Yourselves, Internet - 'Sherlock' Is This Close To Becoming A Marvel Superhero

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly in "final negotiations" to take on the titular role in Marvel's upcoming Dr. Strange movie. UPDATE: Benedict IS Doctor Strange!

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Benedict Cumberbatch Can Now Officially Add "Marvel Superhero" To His Acting Repertoire

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Marvel Has Kept Us Waiting Long Enough! The Studio Has Finally And Officially Summoned 'Sherlock' Actor Benedict Cumberbatch As Neurosurgeon-Turned-Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Stephen Strange!

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”


Slated For A November 2016 Release, Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange Will Be Making His Big Screen Debut In His Titular Film As Part Of Marvel's Phase 3 Line-Up

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With “Doctor Strange,” Cumberbatch is just the latest actor to join the bold Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing new heroes and continuing the adventures of fan favorites across multiple films.


In October, It Was Reported That Marvel Might Have Finally Found Its Sorcerer Supreme In The Form Of Benedict Cumberbatch Following A Slew Of Wild Speculations From The Casting Rumour Mill

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Cumberbatch is in the Oscar hunt this year for The Imitation Game, the Alan Turing biopic that the Weinstein Co is priming for a November 21 release. His hot streak has included winning the Emmy for playing Sherlock Holmes on the BBC/PBS hit Sherlock.


The British Actor Has Been In The Rumour Mill Some Months Ago, And Somewhat Addressed The Issue In July's San Diego Comic-Con, Saying That It "Couldn't Work Out" Due To Scheduling Conflicts

Speaking to MTV, Cumberbatch said, “As far as I’m aware, even if that was the case, it couldn’t work out because I’m doing a little play called ‘Hamlet’ in London,” he said. “So I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It’s a shame if I miss out, but who knows?”


Well, It Looks Like Things Have Changed Since Then, As The Sherlock Star Is Reportedly In "Final Negotiations" To Take Up The Lead Role In Marvel's Upcoming Doctor Strange Movie

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After months of speculation, the film industry news website Deadline has confirmed that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch will take the lead role in Marvel's forthcoming Doctor Strange movie.


Cumberbatch’s deal is contingent upon his schedule, which includes the “Sherlock Holmes” series for BBC and commitments to star in theater productions.


Joaquin Phoenix Had Been Approached For The Role Earlier This Year, But Negotiations Fell Through After Phoenix Refused To Commit To A Multi-Film Contract

Other big names have also been linked to the role, including Johnny Depp, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Matthew McConaughey and Ewan McGregor.

Why This Is A Big Deal: The Critically-Acclaimed Actor Has An Extensive Fanbase - The Cumbercollective - Which Could Easily Help Make The Film A Big Hit If He Is Locked In For The Role.

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The casting is an ideal choice considering Cumberbatch's reputation for heavily researching and studying his characters. The versatile roles he's already played, from a socially inept modern Sherlock Holmes to a dangerous dragon to an animated wolf, show he deserves to play a Marvel superhero who also is a Black Magic sorcerer.


In Fact, Fans Are Already In A Tizzy Over His Possible Involvement, Including Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ming-Na Wen And Chloe Bennet

While Marvel Has Not Commented On Nor Confirmed The Deal, An Announcement May Be On The Cards At A Marvel Studios Presentation On 28 October In Los Angeles

Marvel Studios have something potentially very big planned for Tuesday as promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron begins as they've invited the press to a mysterious event on October 28th at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, California.


Cumberbatch’s role could be made official at a Marvel Studios presentation to media and fans at Disney’s El Capitan Theater.


Created In The Early '60s By Steve Ditko And Stan Lee, Doctor Stephen Strange Is A Former Neurosurgeon Who Turned To The Mystical Arts And Served As Sorcerer Supreme In Protecting The Earth Against Magical And Mystical Threats

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For those unfamiliar with the character, Dr. Stephen Strange was a world-class neurosurgeon who saw his life shattered when a car accident left him with two useless hands. Searching the world for some kind of cure he winds up in the Himalayas and meets a hermit called the Ancient One. Under this man's tutilage, Strange begins to learn about the power of magic and becomes a master of the art.


The Doctor Strange Movie Is Slated For 2016 Release, With Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) Attached To Direct

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Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.


The plan is to start production next year in England, and while it hasn't been officially announced, it is presumed that the film will be released on July 8, 2016 - making it the second Marvel Studios film of the year after Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America 3.


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