John Leavitt asked me in email
who do you see playing Dr. Strange in 2014?
Benedict Cumberbatch, most recently in Sherlock. He’s got the acting skill to play someone who is (or at least starts out as) a total cock but still make him sympathetic. He’s definitely got the look for the part: add a moustache or goatee and he’s Stephen Strange, just so. He’ll likely be in Marvel’s price range (“kind of recognizable, has talent, but we can get him cheap”). And he’ll be exactly the right age, which defines as “five or six years younger than the character so you can get multiple sequels out of him before it starts looking silly and you need a reboot.”
The only question is if Cumberbatch can do a good American accent, but he’s got time to work on it, doesn’t he?