The latest Marvel Comic-based movie, Doctor Strange (2016), has drawn large enthusiastic audiences since the film opened in early November. The film stars British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer. Co-stars include Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Set in New York, Kathmandu, Hong Kong and London, the high budget $165 million film seems poised to continue to attract lucrative box office returns this fall. As of November 12th, the movie had earned some $365 million internationally and garnered the highest box office ratings in the USA for two weekends in a row.
Benedict Cumberbatch also plays a leading role in the hit British-based television series Sherlock Holmes, set to debut for its fourth season on January 1, 2017. Reportedly, the actor initially declined a part in Doctor Strange due to his television filming schedule, but eventually agreed to accept the lead after the movie production company agreed to adjust filming to accommodate his prior commitment to the BBC show. The popular television series sometimes completes only three episodes annually. Buzz about a possible sequel to Doctor Strange sometime in the future have already excited the enthusiasm of fans of the comic book series.
The director of Doctor Strange (2016), Scott Derrickson, initially faced criticism in the UK for his diversity-based casting decisions. He opted to replace The Ancient One, a stereotyped Asian man in the comic book series, with a White actress.