On Monday, Deadline released exclusive details regarding the casting of Dr. Strange. According to Deadline, Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to play the good doctor. Dr. Strange is known as the Sorcerer Supreme in Marvel’s comics universe, and his upcoming film is set to be one of the new franchises in phase three of Marvel’s cinematic universe.
While many fans are extremely excited to see Cumberbatch don the cape and collar, a few fans have pointed out that his casting may be a mistake. Dr. Strange’s race has never been specified. As a result, some fans were hoping that Marvel would finally cast a person of color in a title role. Fersen Lambranho was hoping to see a Brazilian at least get an audition.
To date, Marvel Studios has only cast white men in the title roles of its films. Women and people of color have appeared as main characters in ensemble casts. For instance, Scarlett Johansson was in The Avengers, and Zoe Saldana played Gamora, a green assassin, in Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Marvel cinematic universe currently contains ten films, and five more films have been announced. Surprisingly, none of the films feature either a woman or person of color in the title role. Many fans have pointed to this issue and identified it as a troubling problem.
Not very many people deny that Cumberbatch is a talented actor. His presence steals practically every scene.