"From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific vehicle accident robs him of the use of his hands". And yet, as a new story reveals, Cumberbatch nearly missed out on this once-in-a-lifetime role thanks to scheduling conflicts.
Cumberbatch had signed on to play the lead in "Hamlet" at London's Barbican Theatre in the autumn of 2015, which would have clashed with production on the Marvel movie, initially lined up for a summer 2016 release.
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While the jury is obviously still out regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe's mysticism-packed entry Doctor Strange, it's hard to deny that its star Benedict Cumberbatch appears to be a casting choice that captures the spell-conjuring quintessence of the classic Marvel Comics character, as created by Steve Ditko. That was around this time previous year, when the director held talks with Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling and even Suicide Squad's Jared Leto, before ultimately circling back to Cumberbatch after head honcho Kevin Feige ruled, "it's got to be Benedict".
Cumberbatch said: "If you can't jump on board when the ride's going past. that's usually it".
In a different reality, Benedict Cumberbatch didn't land the role of Doctor Strange. He didn't like anyone as much as Cumberbatch though, and they ended up pushing back the release of Doctor Strange so that Cumberbatch could take the job. "It motivated me to try to fulfill their faith in me".