“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.”
Contract negotiations between Cumberbatch and Marvel reportedly began almost two months ago, despite earlier rumors that Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy, or Jared Leto might’ve snagged the role. While some fans were… well, fans of the arrangement, others were more vocally opposed, citing a certain amount of “Cumberbatch fatigue” which the Daily Dot’s Gavia Baker-Whitelaw expertly explained here.
"Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange!" Accurate GIF reaction of me reading this while eating my food: https://t.co/4p4NgsjvoT— Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes) December 4, 2014
We need a https://t.co/SAtkdqVRXe petition to put an end to Benedict Cumberbatch being in things. Can't we get him a job with MI6?— K Tempest #DiversityJedi Bradford (@tinytempest) October 27, 2014
CUMBERBATCH AS DR. STRANGE!!!! dreams do come true— Dom Fera (@DominicFear) October 27, 2014
Of course, Cumberbatch is no stranger to enraged fans; a very long line of disappointed ladies formed after the actor’s engagement announcement last month.
Doctor Strange is slated for a Nov. 4, 2016, release. Also on the docket for 2016 is the ever-popular Deadpool, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.
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