Benedict Cumberbatch Addresses DOCTOR STRANGE Rumors; Suggests He Had Conversations about the Role

     July 24, 2014


Having appeared in Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hobbit films, one might think that Benedict Cumberbatch would be a Comic-Con veteran by now.  However, the actor just made his Comic-Con debut promoting the DreamWorks Animation film The Penguins of Madagascar, in which he plays a wolf.  No stranger to speculation, after he departed Hall H Cumberbatch took part in an interview with MTV News in which he actually addressed a major superhero rumor head-on: whether he will be leading Marvel’s Doctor Strange.  See his answer after the jump.

doctor-strange-benedict-cumberbatchCumberbatch has been rumored as being under consideration to lead Marvel’s upcoming supernatural comics adaptation Doctor Strange for a few months now, and the rumors became even more pronounced once it was revealed that Cumberbatch would be in San Diego to promote Penguins of Madagascar a few days before Marvel is likely to tease Doctor Strange.  Speaking with MTV News, Cumberbatch says he won’t be starring in the film, but he does suggest that he had discussions with Marvel about the role:

“As far as I’m aware, even if that was the case, it couldn’t work out because I’m doing a little play called Hamlet in London. So I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It’s a shame if I miss out, but who knows?”

The fact that Cumberbatch seems to know the proposed shooting dates of Doctor Strange suggests he at least had initial discussions with Marvel, and when pressed whether he actually had any real conversations about the role, the actor replied with a smirk:

“I couldn’t possibly comment.”

With Scott Derrickson (Sinister) onboard to direct, everyone is expecting Marvel to announce who will be playing the lead character in Doctor Strange on Saturday during the studio’s Hall H panel.  I’m not so sure about that (we’ve learned time and time again not to try and predict Marvel’s plans), but it certainly sounds like we can take Cumberbatch out of the running for the role.  Watch the actor address the rumors himself below:


  • impartial

    That is a really poor denial. To be quite honest, it sounds more like an inadvertent confirmation.

    • Faptain America

      Yeah I actually think he’s doing it.

    • P.K.

      Yea fully agree. He’s already pulled this sort of non-committal thing for Star Trek and look what happened there.

  • JDubs

    He’s playing Hamlet from Aug 6-Oct 31, 2015. If they start shooting by early 2015 it could probably happen.

  • Matt

    I had a feeling it would be Benedict ever since I saw that image of him at Marvel. Personally, it’s a great choice – his acting chops are above anyone in the MCU at the present moment. Hope it’s true!

    • Guest

      He’s not in it; he said he can’t do it.

      • Josh Kaye

        And how many times have we heard that before from an actor?

      • Mike

        Shit, how many times have we heard that from *this* actor?

        5,000 “I’m not Khan” comments later, turned out he was Khan. Wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him as Doctor Strange within a year or so, his “Hamlet” gig only locks him up for a couple of months.

      • EvaLH

        Hamlet is from June to 31st October 2015, including rehearsal; it’s a highly anticipated stage production and big commitment, and tickets are going to be on sale in August 2014, yeah, a year in advance, so it’s fixed; if Marvel insists on beginning production in spring 2015, then not very likely Cumberbatch could do it.

      • Joel Emmett

        Saying you can’t/won’t do it is a good way to get a higher salary in the end.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Love Cumberbatch, but I don’t think this would be the best casting.

  • ghdgirl

    He’s filming Sherlock at the start of 2015 and then Lost City of Z before Hamlet. He has no time for Doctor Strange. I still think he’ll appear in later Star wars films just not the first one.

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  • AverageGamers

    I wonder if Edgar Ramirez will take the role instead? Hmmmm….

  • Christian

    I’m sure a Marvel contract, which will be worth a ton of money after the first movie or two, could help convince him to break the theater contract. ‘Dr. Strange’ could also be a late 2016 movie, which would allow a post-’Hamlet’ shoot.

  • Jamesy

    I love Cumberbatch, but seriously people need to stop throwing his name about for every casting imaginable, he’ll be playing Rosa Parks next. Yes he’s a very talented actor, and nails certain types of roles, the cunning genius etc, and he could indeed make a very good Strange. But seriously, look for other talent and give other actors a chance, the acting pool contains a lot more people than just Cumberbatch, Elba and Hiddleston. It’s like if casting rumours for The Riddler came about, guaranteed Cumberbatch and Hiddleston would be involved in that to, it’s almost TOO obvious. Broaden your horizons Hollywood. Look at people like Pedro Pascal, actor’s who have talent, the right look…but might not be the first to come to mind, hell even Justin Theroux comes to mind when you cast the net further. Strange is arrogant, cunning, but has charm, Pascal, Theroux, Hamm could nail that.

    • theseeker7

      (fade in from black)

      “Next summer… you will believe…

      a tall white British man IS a short black American woman…

      Who wouldn’t.

      Give up.



      • Jamesy

        Benedict Cumberbatch is…ROSA PARKS (dramatic music) The critics are calling it the feel good movie of the year, “A visual feast” “Fun for all the family” “You have to SEAT to believe it” says Variety.

    • Faptain America

      So you’re saying Cumberbatch is the only one for the role then.

  • appolox

    Well crud. I was so hoping for a little British flare added to the Avengers.

  • jax

    I think it will end being Jared Leto.

    • bidi

      Leto’s too pretty to play a superhero

      • Strong Enough

        then what the hell is Henry cavill then?

      • Concord Dawn

        Cavill’s more manly. Nearly old school/handsome/rugged- rather than a ‘pretty boy’. Not that I personally think ‘prettiness’ is a reason not to cast Leto (though I’m not remotely sold on him as Strange).

      • Strong Enough

        Henry is a pretty boy through and through

  • theseeker7

    Ultimately I think it’s unlikely he’ll be doing it, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this was a little white lie in preparation for the big Saturday reveal.

  • Colin Christian

    He would be a great fit. Takes a certain kind of actor to deliver those lines with conviction,he has the goods.

  • Kev

    Cast Mads. Do it. Do it now.

    • DoremusJessup

      Cast him. Do it. Do it now.

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