While many fans were hoping for Benedict Cumberbatch to be the actor to bring "Doctor Strange" to life from the day the film was announced, Marvel actually found itself looking at a long list of potential masters of the mystic arts before landing the "Shelrock" star in the role. But despite rumors of A-listers from Joaquin Phoenix and Matthew McConaughey to Ewan McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal all being considered for the part, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Cumberbatch was the one Marvel had its eye (of Agamotto) on from the start.
"He was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time," says Feige, talking on the London set of Doctor Strange. "[But] he kept getting more and more popular!" Feige explained to Entertainment Weekly. "he kept getting more popular, and more popular, and he kept getting busier, and busier, and it looked like the timing wasn't going to work. So we looked at some other actors for a while and ultimately decided, 'We have to try and make it work with Benedict and with his schedule.'"
Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwitel Ejiofor and more, "Doctor Strange" opens November 4, 2016.