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Marvel summons Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange

Marvel Studios has its Sorcerer Supreme, according to a report from Deadline. Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness, has reportedly been cast to play Doctor Strange in Marvel's 2016 feature film.

According to Deadline, Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to play Marvel's most famous magic user, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, after talks with another rumored star, Joaquin Phoenix, didn't pan out. Marvel hasn't officially confirmed the casting yet, but the company has a press event scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 28, in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Reporter is also reporting that Cumberbatch is set to star in Doctor Strange.

Marvel's cinematic take on Doctor Strange will hit theaters in 2016, the same year Marvel plans to release the third Captain America movie. Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) and will usher in the supernatural side of the Marvel Comics universe.

Doctor Strange first appeared in 1963 in Marvel's Strange Tales. The character has been part of various superhero teams, including the Defenders, Midnight Sons and the New Avengers.

Marvel released the first trailer for its next film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, last week after the teaser leaked online.

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