First Look at Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Dr. Strange

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe no longer have to wait for their first look at Dr. Strange. Entertainment Weekly recently released the first images of Benedict Cumberbatch, 39, draped in the iconic cape and costume from the Marvel comics created by Stan Lee

The film began principal photography in November 2015 in Nepal before moving to the United Kingdom. Filming will also take place in other locations including New York as well as Hong Kong. 

Cumberbatch told Entertainment Weekly during the photo shoot that it was one of the first times that he had donned the costume and was still getting used to the way his character acts. “I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that,” Cumberbatch said. “We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.”

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. 

“When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time,” Marvel President Kevin Feige tells the magazine. “That’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.”

The movie will also star  Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiewetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen. 

Doctor Strange is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, which will introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites, over the course of four years and nine films. Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016.

Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
  • Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Spider-Man– July 28, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
  • The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
  • Black Panther– July 6, 2018
  • Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
  • The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019
  • Inhumans – July 12, 2019