The doctor is in. According to Nerdist on December 28, the first photos of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Doctor Strange” have arrived. The actor is shown is mystical looking red and blues robes complete with grey facial hair. The Eye of Agamotto, an astral projector chart, is shown emitting from his palm.
Fans have eagerly awaited the arrival of information about the film, which has been shrouded in secrecy except for the casting of Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange. The character was last seen in a 1978 film, which was an introduction to a television series which was not picked up by CBS. The film will also feature high tech CGI work, which the actor mentioned was an adjustment. According to Cumberbatch, he had to “keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things” and was constantly thinking of people picking apart pieces of his performance.
The actor says he felt self-conscious on set because he wanted to get everything about the spell casting gestures right, and that was before filming with other actors. Cumberbatch called enjoyed the experience overall, saying, “It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.” The photos combined with these details from filming should help tide fans over until the first trailer drops for the film. His neurosurgeon character learn about magic and alternate dimensions after an horrific car accident.
According to Comingsoon.net on December 28, the full cast of characters for the film has been released. Actress Tilda Swinton will play the role of the Ancient One, who is a mystic. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is playing an associate of the Ancient One called Karl Mordo, also known as the villainous Baron Mordo. Actress Rachel McAdams joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a surgeon who has a past with Dr. Strange before he became a sorcerer, and will help “anchor his humanity” in the film.
Kevin Feige, Head of Marvel Studios, also revealed that “Hannibal” actor Mads Mikkelsen will play the major villain in the film. He is also a sorcerer who breaks off on his own, believing that other dimensions should be revealed to others instead of being protected by the Ancient One. The film will also delve heavily into other dimensions unlike previous Marvel films. Other realms have been glimpsed in the “Thor: The Dark World” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but the element of magic and inter-dimensional travel will be explored. The film will be released worldwide on November 4, 2016 and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.