One of the most obvious – and ever so slightly boring – casting rumours surrounding Marvel’s Doctor Strange is absolutely spot-on.
The studio have confirmed that Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness favourite Benedict Cumberbatch will be taking on the role of Doctor Strange, Marvel’s brain-melting, dimension-hopping Sorcerer Supreme.
Head honcho Kevin Feige commented, “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
It’s a perfectly good casting choice – and there’s no doubt he’ll kill it – but Marvel have flown in the face of expectation with some inspired creative choices and this lacks the canny madness behind Guardians of The Galaxy, or even the This-Will-Never-Work boldness of Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man.
With Benedict Cumberbatch in the role, we’ll get a superb Doctor Strange movie and the potent fan-following will be well and truly mobilised, but there’s something kinda ‘safe’ about this.
DC-safe, in fact. You’re better than that Marvel. You make geek icons, you don’t have to piggy-back existing ones.
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