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Marvel reveals 'Doctor Strange' date, but stays mum on casting

Marvel Studios announces a release date and a director for "Doctor Strange." But still no word on whether Benedict Cumberbatch, rumored to star, has been cast.

No cast confirmation, but fans got an official movie release date. Marvel

After much speculation on whether British actor Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed become the sorcerer in the upcoming "Doctor Strange" film, Marvel remained silent about the casting rumors during a press conference for the movie Tuesday.

Marvel did, however, give fans some information about the much-anticipated film during an event at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. "Doctor Strange" got an official release date of November 4, 2016, and it will be directed by Scott Derrickson.

Fans already knew of Derrickson's involvement but the official date is a change from the previously expected summer 2016 release date.

"It takes awhile to work on these movies before they're ready to come to you in theaters," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said. "Doctor Stephen Strange, brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands.

"In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory," Feige added. "The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, through Strange, the world of parallel dimensions."

Derrickson's list of director credits includes quite a few horror hits such as "Sinister," "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" and "Deliver Us from Evil," which could be interesting to fans who desire a grittier, darker kind of Marvel superhero.

Fans will have to wait a bit longer to discover if Cumberbatch, or a different actor entirely, will take the lead role in "Doctor Strange."

"If it was confirmed, we would have announced it today," Marvel's Executive Editorial Director Ryan Penagos tweeted after Marvel's event.