doctor strange BCby Alicia Glass, contributing writer

Hold onto your shorts, Marvel fan-atics and Cumberbrigade alike. That’s right, after months of debate and rumors galore, the enigmatic and brilliant Doctor Strange has finally been cast! The ever-amazing and very versatile Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially confirmed to play Doctor Strange himself!

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

And depth, Cumberbatch has in spades! He rose to fame in his role of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC smash hit series, Sherlock; he’s played Alan Turing; Smaug, in the upcoming Hobbit movie, The Battle of Five Armies); a huge variety of other film and TV roles, and this summer, he’ll be returning to stage as Hamlet in London’s West End.

The film adaptation of the silver age Marvel comic, centers on Doctor Stephen Strange, who is a brilliant neurosurgeon until he suffers a horrific car accident. After his accident, Strange discovers the hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions, and winds up serving as Sorcerer Supreme: the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Steven Ditko came up with the concept, if not the name for the character, who debuted in 1963, in Marvel’s Strange Tales #110. Ditko and Stan Lee worked together on Strange and his cast of characters for many years.

The film is slated to grace our eyes in theaters November 4, 2016. The film will be directed by Scott Derrikson, with John Spaihts writing the screenplay.

If you simply can’t wait that long for more Cumberbatch glory, that awesome voice will return as Smaug in the final Hobbit film, The Battle of Five Armies, out December 17 2014!