In November 2012 announced comic book legend Stan Lee, which his Super Heroes are made: Black Panther was at that time still in the planning phase, for doctor strange was there but finally a firm commitment. Since 1986, a doctor strange adaptation was planned – with various proposals for Director like Wes Craven, David S. Goyer, Guillermo del Toro and many more. Viggo Mortensen was already for the role in the conversation, for which he should have a cameo in Thor 2. The actor had however shortly thereafter announced he had withdrawn from the film business. In December 2014, it was known then, that Benedict, the star from Sherlock, is strange, the comic hero created in 1963 by Steve, for Director Scott the role of the doctor.