It’s finally official, Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange. The announcement from Marvel comes after many months of rumors surrounding Cumberbatch’s casting in the role.
The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
Doctor Strange will appear in the third phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. The movie will be joined by Captain America: Civl War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and The Inhumans. All these films will lead up to the mega-event Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1 and 2.
Doctor Strange’s powers can be read below:
Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence. Like most sorcerers, he draws his power from three primary sources: the invocation of powerful mystic entities or objects, the manipulation of the universe’s ambient magical energy, and his own psychic resources. Strange’s magical repertoire includes energy projection and manipulation, matter transformation, animation of inanimate objects, teleportation, illusion-casting, mesmerism, thought projection, astral projection, dimensional travel, time travel and mental possession, to name a few. The full range of his abilities is unknown. Doctor Strange’s powers are sometimes less effective against strictly science-based opponents, although he can overcome this limitation with effort.
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Jon Spaihts. The movie is slated to hit theaters July 8, 2016.