After months of searching, Variety says Marvel has found its Doctor Strange. It’s Benedict Cumberbatch of BBC’s Sherlock and, uh, “John Harrison” from Star Trek Into Darkness. According to Variety, Cumberbatch is in “final talks” to star in director Scott Derrickson’s film about Marvel’s superhero sorcerer. It also speculates that Cumberbatch may be introduced to the public at a press event Marvel has planned for Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Cumberbatch isn’t the first guy in “talks” for the role. For months, reports had Joaquin Phoenix as the frontrunner for the future Avenger. Johnny Depp and Ethan Hawke were also the subject of Doctor Strange-related rumors at various points, and Keanu Reeves recently wondered aloud if he might be the right man to play the character. Now the wheel o’ hype turns to Cumberbatch who, to be fair, is a really good fit for the part. Doctor Strange has always had a refined erudite side that he could do in his sleep (assuming he talks in that delightfully charming British accent in his sleep), and Star Trek showed he can handle action as well. Gray those Cumbertemples a little, and he looks just like the Strange of comics. If anyone can scream Stan Lee spells like “By the Vapors of Valtorr!” with a straight face, it’s The Batch.