Watch Benedict Cumberbatch in the ‘Doctor Strange’ Trailer

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. (Photo: Marvel)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. (Photo: Marvel)
Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. (Photo: Marvel)

It’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch is a superhero.

To be fair, we’ve all already known that since the news broke that he had landed the starring role in his very own Marvel franchise last spring, starring as the reality-bending sorcerer Stephen Strange in upcoming tentole Doctor Strange. But, now – we actually get to see what that looks like. 

Yes, the first teaser trailer for the film – due to hit theaters this November – has arrived, and there is a lot going on. First, Cumberbatch has been joined by a stable of super impressive actors that include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Also, he gets to do magic and everything looks very Inception-y at points.

The Doctor Strange comic follows the story of neurosurgeon Strange who, after being injured in an accident, goes on a quest to find a way to repair his mangled hands. He eventually meets Tilda Swinton (a.k.a the Ancient One, but I mean, it’s Tilda Swinton) and her student Karl Mordo (Ejiofor), and eventually sets out on a quest to master the mystic arts. It looks like the movie’s going to stick fairly close to that, as least in broad terms.

Oh, and Cumberbatch is also doing an American accent, apparently, so everyone prepare yourselves for that: 

Confession: This may make me a bad fan, but I kind of wish they’d just let him do a British accent, if only because I’ve never found any of his American accents to be very appealing. But, we’ll see, I guess.

That shot of Swinton punching his soul of out his body is pretty fun, though.

Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2016. (And, let’s be real, we all know Strange is headed to the next Avengers sequel after that.)

Who’s excited?

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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