He was never in the running in my “dream casting,” but he more than capable of taking on both sides of Doctor Strange: The man of science and magick. Strange has one of the more dramatic origin character arcs, going from world famous and coldly egotistical surgeon, to destitute and desperate loser, to humble adherent who learns to truly care for others, to Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts, responsible for the safety and magickal/spiritual well-being of the entire universe. In short, it’s the kind of role Cumberbatch can eat up with a ladle.
In the past Strange has too often been treated as an exposition machine by other comic book titles, aloof, all knowing, but sometimes a writer comes in and makes the character fun. A character who can be in the otherworld, but who’s core of humanity ensures he is never of it.
And there is his interest in sports.
And the fact while he does truly care, one of Strange’s defining characteristics/flaws is confidence that occasionally crosses the line into dangerous arrogance. He has fucked up, and fucked up badly, a few times to the point he has voluntarily relinquished his title for a time. But he does have a wry sense of humor, rather necessary in his line of work, and humanity that will balance nicely with the arrogance to keep the character from falling into a Sherlockian pigeon hole. (Though I can see him using touches of Sherlock’s arrogance for the beginning of Strange’s story.)
I’m really looking forward to it. 🙂