|Source: The Telegraph|
Marvel Studios have just announced the identity of the thespian who'll take on the lead role in their upcoming fantasy superhero blockbuster Doctor Strange. Set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this quirky outing - which, by all accounts, is intended to stretch the limits of said narrative mythology farther than ever before - will be directed by Deliver Us From Evil's Scott Derrickson.
Yet come launch day, whereas some big-screen productions would sell tickets on the basis of the esteem in which their directors (Christopher Nolan or Steven Spielberg, say) are held, odds are that this one will make millions upon millions of pounds as a result of one defining factor: Benedict Cumberbatch. As has been rumoured for some time now, the Sherlock and The Hobbit star will play Doctor Stephen Strange in his first solo outing as well as - presumably - in a number of other Marvel Cinematic Universe instalments (though precisely which ones won't likely become clear for a good while yet) and in doing so will contribute to the landmark endeavour of rendering both the construct and his origins story - a tale which involves hubris, car crashes, broken hands and, ultimately, redemption through inter-dimensional protection of the Earth and its neighbouring galaxies - on the silver screen for the very first time. Stay tuned to On-Screen as always for more on the plot and supporting cast of one of the most hotly discussed MCU projects conceived to date.
If all goes according to plan (and since Marvel Studios, that's virtually a given), Doctor Strange will cast his first explosive spell in an auditorium near us on November 4th, 2016.