/doctor-strange-movie-cast-benedict-cumberbatch/Yesterday, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had entered final negotiations to play Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel Phase Three adventure. Today, from the heart of Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater, Marvel did not confirmed the actor, but they did announced a July 8, 2016 release date for the upcoming standalone adventure along with the official logo.

Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange from a script by Jon Spaihts. The story follows a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.The character was originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce.

It is not yet known how, why or if Benedict Cumberbatch's participation will expand into The Avengers 3 to be part of the new team roster teased earlier in the week by Kevin Feige. As Captain America 3, which arrives a year earlier, is set to introduce Marvel's Civil War, which brings in characters from across the Marvel galaxy, its quite possible that he will first be introduced in this sequel. It has also been rumored that Avengers: Age of Ultron will help introduce new superheroes to the team, so its possible we'll see Benedict Cumberbatch suited up as early as next summer.

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Producer Kevin Feige gave a brief history of Dr. Stephen Strange, a brilliant surgeon who the producer described as "a bit of an arrogant fellow". Strange gets into a car crash and loses both of his hands. This "downard journey" leads him to "stranger and stranger corners of the world," where he meets the Ancient One. The producer added that he was most excited about this project because it introduces the "supernatural" into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory to parallel dimensions," which one can manipulate with the right training.

"The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the Cinematic universe, right out of the comic books, the whole supernatural element is a huge part. We have our Earthbound heroes, we have our cosmic heroes, we now want to enter through with Strange, this world of parallel dimensions. (Director) Scott (Derrickson) is working very hard on creating visuals, the likes of which we haven't seen in any Marvel movie before, and, hopefully you haven't seen in any movie, ever."
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