Have we finally found our new Doctor Strange? Possibly. After talks between Joaquin Phoenix and Marvel hit a wall, the comic powerhouse turned their attention to Benedict Cumberbatch. Both Deadline and Variety are reporting that Cumberbatch and Marvel are extremely close to agreeing on a deal.
And some people believe the announcement could come today. Last Friday, Marvel Studios invited the press to attend a mysterious event at Disney’s El Capitan Theater on October 28, which is obviously today. Sources have added to the speculation by claiming Cumberbatch has always been Marvel’s prime target.
This is bad news for fans of Keanu Reeves. Ever since it was announced Phoenix was out, fans of the ‘John Wick‘ star have been campaigning for him to get the role. However, we have no reason to believe Marvel even talked with Reeves. And the actor himself admitted he didn’t know much about the character.
Scott Derrickson will be directing the highly anticipated film, which is expected to be released November 4, 2016. We will keep you updated as we learn more information. Hopefully this report is confirmed during Marvel’s special event today. Benedict Cumberbatch is a solid choice, and fits the role perfectly.
That’s just my opinion though. What do you think? Still not over Joaquin Phoenix backing out?