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Benedict Cumberbatch Will Play Doctor Strange In Marvel Movie

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Deadline reports Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange in an upcoming Marvel movie. 

According to Deadline, negotiations with Cumberbatch are about to begin for the role.

The Emmy-winning "Sherlock" actor was among a long list of names in contention for the superhero role. 

Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, Colin Farrell, and Jared Leto were also rumored to star.

Scott Derrickson ("Sinister") is set to direct the upcoming "Doctor Strange" film.

What you should know about Doctor Strange:

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Also known as Stephen Strange, the character is a wealthy neurosurgeon with a huge ego who loses the ability to perform surgery after a car wreck leaves nerve damage in his hands. Afterward, Strange becomes obsessed with finding a cure to fix his hands.

After hunting down a sorcerer known as the Ancient One he eventually gets taken under his wing and becomes a powerful sorcerer in his own right with the abilities to teleport, time travel, transform matter, and more.

Doctor Strange has recently appeared in the "New Avengers" comics.

It's expected that Doctor Strange will come into play in phase 3 of Marvel's cinematic universe.

Marvel is holding a press event Tuesday in Los Angeles where a big announcement was expected to come. We're sure there will be more from the event tomorrow.

SEE ALSO: Marvel is holding a secret press event Tuesday and a huge announcement is expected

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