FIRST LOOK: Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” doesn’t hit theaters until Nov. 4, 2016 – almost a year away – but we’re already getting a sneak peek at the new superhero, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, thanks to Entertainment Weekly.

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Principal photography on the film — directed by Scott Derrickson and co-starring Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen — just began about a month ago. The EW cover shoot was one of the very first times Cumberbatch tried on the costume that his character, Doctor Stephen Strange, wears after transforming from a self-centered surgeon to a world-protecting sorcerer.

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The “Sherlock” star said he’s still learning the ropes about the spell-casting character and knows the fans will be paying close attention.

“It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically. I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that. We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.”

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Pick up EW – on newstands tomorrow – to learn more about the characters played by McAdams and Mikkelsen.

Also, tour Ben Affleck’s Batcave from “Batman v Superman,” read an interview with returning “Game of Thrones” star Isaac Hempstead-Wright (a.k.a. Bran Stark), preview of David Bowie’s new album “Blackstar,” and take a look at “Bad Feminist” author Roxane Gay’s new memoir “Hunger.”

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