Doctor Strange, the fourteenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), hits theaters November 4th and already there are claims from around the internet that it will be the film that finally “kills” Marvel. On a conceptual level, Doctor Strange is certainly one of Marvel’s riskier film ventures to date, as it’s based on an obscure character with a weird set of powers that are difficult to translate effectively to the screen, so it’s understandable why some people are not confident in the film’s chances.
Still, to claim that Doctor Strange will be a total failure for Marvel—financially or critically—is patently ridiculous. After all, this is the same studio that made successful, entertaining movie about a gang of intergalactic misfits that counted a talking raccoon and sentient tree among its roster, so why should one based on a magical space wizard be any different? Doctor Strange could very well be a dismal failure—pretty much every movie has that chance—but it is much more likely that it will represent another win for Marvel. Here are a few reasons why.
10. Benedict Cumberbatch
Anyone who is doubting whether Doctor Strange can pull audiences in is seemingly forgetting that it stars one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men right now. For starters, having Cumberbatch play Stephen Strange is about as perfect as superhero casting gets and he’s pretty much guaranteed to become synonymous with the character much like Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have with Iron Man and Captain America, respectively.
It’s also important to remember that Cumberbatch is beloved in pretty much every circle in fandom, thanks in large part to his starring role in the BBC’s Sherlock, and fans of his work are going to flock to see this new film. Of course, that’s still only going to make up a small portion of this film’s total audience, but it’s still a bit absurd to think that a blockbuster film starring Benedict Cumberbatch in 2016 is going to turn out to be some kind of massive failure because that just simply won’t be the case.