Courtesy of comic vine.com

Courtesy of comic vine.com

By Joe Cirilo, Co Editor

The coveted role in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” has a new actor being tapped for negotiations, and true to the name, it’s (strangely) Benedict Cumberbatch.

Marvel has been making moves since the release of the first Iron Man movie way back in 2008. When Robert Downey Jr. took up the role in one of the best superhero action movies made in the 21st century yet, it set a precedent for every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to build on thereafter.

Wind the clocks back to Comic-Con when Joaquin Phoenix was expected to take up the “Sorcerer Supreme” in the 2016 film, and now names like Jared Leto and Tom Hardy also in the mix, Cumberbatch seems a little…out there.

In the ensuing years, Cumberbatch has made a name for himself playing the namesake actor of the popular series Sherlock on PBS, which most recently got picked up by BBC America, and Khan in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” but Doctor Strange?
According to Deadline, Cumberbatch is in the running for an Oscar through his performance in, “The Imitation Game;” the Alan Turing biopic that the Weinstein Co is priming for a Nov. 21 release.

What we don’t know is whether or not this decision is absolutely definitive. Although many are already calling it for Cumberbatch, and he is reportedly the studio’s first choice, based on the information at hand, we don’t know that with absolute certainty. Of course, it’s exciting to have an idea of who the title character will be in Marvel’s latest hat-trick, but until we’ve got a definitive contract and announcement, take it with a grain of salt. Negotiations could go south rather quickly.

Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil), is set to direct the film with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) handling the script. (Note that the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer).

We all remember “Prometheus” (and if you don’t, bless you, child), so it’s a bit jarring to hear that the screenplay is being penned by the very same writer, but we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because that whole situation should have never come about.

Kevin Feige is producing the film, and finally, among the things absolutely known (barring a degree of uncertainty) “Doctor Strange” will arrive in theaters, with or without a Cumberbatch lead, on July 8, 2016.