It looks like Doctor Strange has begun production, though we don’t have official word from Disney and Marvel at this time. While we await an announcement from the studios, we do have the first set image courtesy of a Twitter user named Prayush Khadka. It does show Benedict Cumberbatch, but we can’t confirm that he is in costume.
The first stop on Marvel’s worldwide shoot for Doctor Strange is Nepal. As you can see in the below image, Dr. Stephen Strange, the acclaimed practitioner of medicine, is looking a bit haggard. Speculation is that this is Stephen before he truly becomes strange. Seen in a backpack and coat, he’s believed to be on his walkabout, seeking mystical help to overcome his affliction. Even if this isn’t Benedict Cumberbatch in costume, we do get a glimpse of what he’ll look like in that iconic goatee.
After a sever accident that leaves both his hands injured and unable to perform surgery, Doctor Strange goes on a trek to find help. He soon encounters the Ancient One. His career thought to be destroyed, the brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when this sorcerer takes him under his wing. The Ancient One trains him to defend the world against evil as he becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
Doctor Strange will be the second of the Marvel Phase 3 movies. It arrives in theaters next November under the direction of Scott Derrickson, known for such thrillers as Deliver Us from Evil and Sinister. Jon Spaihts, the man in charge of writing the screenplay for the upcoming Untitled Mummy Reboot, is penning the script for this fantasy adventure. Also attached to star in the movie is Rachel McAdams as the female lead, Michael Stuhlbarg as Doctor Nicodemus West, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the good doctor’s arch foe, Baron Mordo. Mads Mikkelsen, star of the recently canceled Hannibal, is in talks for the villain role of the film, which remains a mystery.
At this time, we have nothing official from Marvel or Disney about the start of production on Doctor Strange. So we’ll have to take Prayush Khadka‘s word for it that what we’re seeing in this first image is actually part of the shoot. Hopefully we’ll hear more soon. Doctor Strange follows Captain America: Civil War, which wrapped shooting this past summer and is in theaters this May. What do you think? Is this tiny glimpse everything you hoped for in a Doctor Strange movie?
— Prayush Khadka (@Technicalyright) November 4, 2015