BURBANK, CA. -Â Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on â€œDoctor Strange,â€ starring Benedict Cumberbatch (â€œBlack Mass,â€Â â€œThe Imitation Gameâ€), Chiwetel Ejiofor (â€œ12 Years a Slave,â€ â€œThe Martianâ€), Rachel McAdams (â€œSouthpaw,â€ â€œSherlock Holmesâ€) and Â Michael Stuhlbarg (â€œSteve Jobs,â€ â€œA Serious Manâ€)Â withÂ Mads Mikkelsen (â€œClash of the Titans,â€ â€œCasino Royaleâ€)Â and Academy AwardÂ® winner Tilda Swinton (â€œMichael Clayton,â€ â€œThe Grand Budapest Hotelâ€).Â The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (â€œSinister,â€ â€œThe Exorcism of Emily Roseâ€). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, includingÂ London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.
â€œDoctor Strangeâ€ follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
â€œDoctor Strangeâ€ is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3â€™s goalâ€”over the course of four years and nine filmsâ€”is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites.
Marvelâ€™s â€œDoctor Strangeâ€ is produced by Kevin Feige withÂ Louis Dâ€™Esposito, Victoria Alonso,Â Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Director Scott Derricksonâ€™s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvelâ€™s â€œAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ Marvelâ€™s â€œGuardians of the Galaxyâ€); production designer Charles Wood (Marvelâ€™s â€œAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ Marvelâ€™s â€œGuardians of the Galaxyâ€); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvelâ€™s â€œAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ Marvelâ€™s â€œGuardians of the Galaxyâ€); editors Wyatt Smith (â€œInto the Woods,â€ Marvelâ€™s â€œThor: The Dark Worldâ€) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE (â€œMr. Magoriumâ€™s Wonder Emporium,â€ â€œCharlotteâ€™s Webâ€); and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvelâ€™s â€œGuardians of the Galaxyâ€).
Based on the Marvel comic characterÂ who first appeared in â€œStrange Talesâ€ Issue 110 published in July 1963, Marvelâ€™s â€œDoctor Strangeâ€Â continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvelâ€™sÂ â€œIron Man,â€ â€œThe Incredible Hulk,â€ â€œIron Man 2,â€ â€œThor,â€ â€œCaptain America: The First Avenger,â€ â€œThe Avengers,â€ â€œIron Man 3,â€ â€œThor: The Dark World,â€ â€œCaptain America: The Winter Soldier,â€ â€œGuardians of the Galaxy,â€ â€œAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ â€œAnt-Manâ€ and the upcoming â€œCaptain America: Civil War,â€ (May 6, 2016), â€œGuardians of the Galaxy 2â€ (May 5, 2017) and Â â€œThor: Ragnarokâ€ (November 3, 2017).
Marvel Studios continued its unprecedented success this year with the May 1st release of â€œAvengers: Age of Ultron,â€ which recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has opened and has grossed over $1.4 billion in global box office. On July 17, Marvel released â€œAnt-Man,â€ which has grossed to date over $518Â million worldwide.
In 2014 Marvel Studios released â€œCaptain America: The Winter Soldierâ€ and â€œGuardians of the Galaxy,â€Â the top-grossing domestic film of 2014 withÂ $333.2 million and $772.8 millionÂ worldwide. â€œCaptain America: The Winter Soldier,â€ which broke the opening record for an April release by earning $95 million in its first weekend, went on to gross more than $711 million worldwide.
In 2013 Marvel produced the megahits â€œThor: The Dark Worldâ€ and â€œIron Man 3.â€ The two films have earned over $644 million and $1.2 billion worldwide, respectively, since their openings. In 2012 Marvelâ€™s critically acclaimed â€œThe Avengersâ€ set an all-time, domestic three-day weekend box-office record at $207.4 million. The film went on to gross over $1.5 billion worldwide, becoming Disneyâ€™s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time.