Benedict Cumberbatch Debuts as Doctor Strange: See the First Photo of the Latest Marvel Superhero!

Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange.
Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange. MICHAEL MULLER/© 2015 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2015 Marvel. All Rights Reserved

He has played Sherlock Holmes, has voiced the evil dragon Smaug in the Hobbit films and will also voice the terrifying Shere Khan in the upcoming live-action film Jungle Book: Origins. But Benedict Cumberbatch is now treading in new territory — the Marvel superhero universe!

The Oscar-nominated actor debuted his first look as Marvel’s Doctor Strange on this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly on Monday, December 28. 

The cover reads, “Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange. On the set of the most mystical, magical Marvel movie ever.”

In the photo, Cumberbatch, 39, wears a red cape and blue belted robes. He also sports a large gold necklace and has his hand up, projecting a series of symbols from it and, just like his comic-book counterpart, he has a sculpted goatee.

Doctor Strange, or Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, first appeared in comics in 1963. He is a sorcerer who protects the world from magical threats.

According to EW, filming for the upcoming sure-to-be-blockbuster will wrap in March. The movie also stars Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Doctor Strange is set to be released on November 4, 2016. 

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