Doctor Strange concept art

It’s not especially difficult to picture Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. He was a top fan-cast pick long before he was officially announced, and there are countless pieces of fan art floating out there in the ether already. But as of today, we no longer have to rely on the power of our imaginations. The first official image of Cumberbatch as the magical Marvel superhero has just been released, and you can check it out after the jump.

UPDATE (12/28/15): More images from Doctor Strange have just been revealed, and you can peruse them all after the jump. Plus, new info on Mads Mikkelsen‘s character.

UPDATE (1/7/16): High-res, watermark-free versions of the Doctor Strange stills have been revealed, and you can see them below.

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doctor strange sanctum sanctorum

Every superhero has a place where they can take a load off, put up their feet, and get away from the world for a little while. Batman has the Batcave, Superman the Fortress of Solitude. Across the aisle, Thor can chill out in Asgard, Tony Stark in Avengers Tower, and Spider-Man in Aunt May’s second bedroom. However, the coolest secret lair/base of operations in all of Marvel-dom has always been Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, a house that is filled with countless magical items and magical artifacts and all of the perils that accompany keeping those items in one place.

We already received one glimpse of what this place will look like in Scott Derrickson‘s upcoming Doctor Strange movie back when the first photos of Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme were released. Now, Marvel has released another glimpse at this mystical manor and it may look a little familiar to seasoned comic book fans.

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Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Trailer

Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) are going back in time. The hour-and-a-half-long New Year’s Day special, titled Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, sends the two pals back to 1895 London. The duo must track down Thomas Ricoletti’s ex-wife, a killer ghost who still sports her wedding gown. Watch the Sherlock: The Abominable Bride trailer after the jump.

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The War Magician

Next fall we’ll see Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch get mystical in Marvel Studios’ Phase Three project Doctor Strange, but after that, he’s going to get magical with a true story out of World War II.

Cumberbatch, who was just recently seen as a controversially androgynous model in Zoolander 2, has been attached to star in The War Magician, a thriller about a world famous magician who used his sleight-of-hand tricks and stunts to help the Allied forces defeat the Nazis. That sounds like something a writer would make up, but it’s actually true. Read More »


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Doctor Strange 2

Marvel Studios has officially announced the start of production on Doctor Strange… three weeks after the first set photos surfaced on the web. Yeah, we were already onto you, Marvel.

Still, that press release is useful for confirming certain details about the studio’s mysterious new movie. It reveals the star-studded cast (which includes Mads Mikkelsen, previously reported only as being in talks) and the crew (which is made up almost entirely of Marvel vets). It also gives us the first official Doctor Strange synopsis. Get all the latest officially confirmed Doctor Strange details after the jump.  Read More »


How does Benedict Cumberbatch look as Doctor Strange? Which Wet Hot American Summer cast member just joined the cast of Agent Carter? Who might the villain in the new Wonder Woman be? Why do Yellowjacket‘s lasers sound familiar in Ant-Man? How will Batman succeed in fighting Superman? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Sherlock Victorian special trailer

Sherlock‘s cases have gone to some pretty weird places, but this next one tops them all. In a special airing this winter, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) are going all the way back to their roots. Like, their original, literary, Arthur Conan Doyle roots, i.e., 19th century London.

We’ve already seen a clip and heard some details about the upcoming special, and today we finally have our first full-length trailer. Watch the Sherlock Victorian special trailer after the jump. Read More »

Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange

UPDATE 9/14/2015: TheWrap reports Rachel McAdams has confirmed she will indeed star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange. Original story from July 25, 2015 follows.

Earlier this month, a rumor surfaced that Rachel McAdams has been offered the female lead in Marvel Studios forthcoming Phase Three film Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. But as usual, Marvel didn’t confirm or deny these rumblings, so we were left in the dark as to the truth of the matter.

Now McAdams, who can currently be seen on HBO each Sunday in True Detective, as well as in theaters in Southpaw starting this weekend, has confirmed discussions about taking a role in the Marvel cinematic universe. Find out more about Rachel McAdams in Doctor Strange after the jump! Read More »

d23 marvel panel

The big D23 Expo from Disney came and went over the weekend, leaving onlookers dizzy with details about more than a dozen upcoming projects from various outfits that are part of the Disney corporate structure. While D23 hosted thousands of visitors, most of our readers were unable to attend. But there’s good news: most of the big panels from D23 are online in video form.

As is the case with similar recordings of Comic Con panels, there is no film footage included here. But if you want to see highlights from the D23 Marvel panel, including talk about Doctor Strange and Captain America: Civil War, you can watch below. And while the Civil War film footage isn’t here, you can see (most of) Benedict Cumberbatch‘s video greeting and enjoy the on-stage charisma of Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie. Read More »

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Doctor Strange D23

Disney and Marvel kicked off day two of the D23 Expo 2015 with a presentation for Doctor Strange, complete with a video call-in from star Benedict Cumberbatch and a showcase of production art and animatics provided by director Scott Derrickson, who is in London prepping the movie . The film begins shooting in November, but there was enough weird stuff in the early art to wow the crowd, including mock-ups of Cumberbatch in comics-accurate costume.

And while we’ve heard that Doctor Strange could be Marvel’s Fantasia, there were also physics-defying images of cities and cars warped in a manner that immediately bring to mind Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Read More »