As many Marvel fans know, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) needs to keep their juggernaut films rolling, and the next few seem promising, with the addition of the top stars of BBC's Sherlock, featured in two new films.
I loved the first three seasons of Sherlock, because the casting was brilliant, the acting was spot on, and these two actors are just awesome.
Benedict Cumberbatch will play the sorcerer supreme in "Doctor Strange" to be released November 4, 2016. His character, Steven Strange is a brilliant surgeon, but when an accident affects his ability to work, he stumbles upon a surreal world, where dimensions blur and magic and sorcery prevail. I suspect an infinity stone called the "soul gem" could feature prominently in this film as well. Rounding out the cast will be Tilda Swinton as the Ancient one, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Rachel McAdams.
Martin Freeman will play a character in Captain America: Civil War, to be released on May 6, 2016, and I suspect he will be playing Henry Peter Gyrich, a CIA Liaison to the Avengers. In an interview from Italy's Bad Taste, he was quoted as saying
"He works for the American government. He works in conjunction with the superheroes and certain agencies that help to…tame…the superheroes power. You’re not quite sure which side he’s on. It looks a little bit like he’s playing one game when actually he’s playing another."
This is not the first time these two have worked together away from Sherlock. In "The Hobbit" trilogy, Cumberbatch voiced the fire drake Smaug, while Freeman played the lead character Bilbo Baggins.
This is great news, as Marvel continues to bring the highest caliber actors into the MCU.