Joaquin Phoenix Might Play Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Oscar-nominated star Joaquin Phoenix is no stranger to headlines regarding comic book movies. Leading up to Comic-Con 2010, Phoenix was rumored to be taking on the role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers, replacing Ed Norton who we knew wasn’t going to be reprising the role from The Incredible Hulk. Mark Ruffalo ended up nabbing that role but Marvel still reportedly has a keen interest in Phoenix, so much so that he might be one of their next big superheroes: Doctor Strange.

Previously reported as a contender to play Lex Luthor for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, a role that went to Jesse Eisenberg, now Joaquin Phoenix might be a top contender to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe – for real this time?

The Wrap reports from “multiple individuals close to the casting” that Phoenix’s camp is in talks for the lead part in director Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange but that no deal is made. He might be one of several options Marvel is interested in, alongside previously reported Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Benedict is a fan-fave and is already at Comic-Con this week to promote Penguins of Madagascar for DreamWorks and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for Warner Bros., but he’s been downplaying the rumors. If this Phoenix news leads to anything and if Doctor Strange is part of Marvel’s Comic-Con panel this Saturday – which is almost a given at this point – then it’s possible Marvel Studios may be trying to lock the star down soon to bring him out on stage.

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This is a similar scenario to Comic-Con 2010, back when Captain America: The First Avenger was just beginning to shoot and it (and Thor) were having a panel. The days leading up to the event – and the morning of – the news leaked online that Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo were joining The Avengers and then the entire cast of Joss Whedon’s team-up epic came out together on stage. This Saturday in the same all Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be present (and the cast of Ant-Man) but we don’t know what will be shown or how many of Marvel’s nine unannounced movies will be revealed.

Can you picture Joaquin Phoenix as a long-term player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and future member of The Avengers?


More: 5 Movies We Want Marvel To Announce At Comic-Con


Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, July 28 2017, November 3 2017, May 4 2018, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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  1. Fantastic actor. I cannot see him as Steven Strange though… he’s always played inherently creepy characters, and not in the whole “I’m a mystic” way.
    However, I trust in the studio to make educated casting decisions as it is their money, and they are the experts, and we are just obnoxious fans. (not sarcasm)

  2. He could play Doctor Strange but overall i dont see Joaquin fitting into the marvel universe.Dc/Wb had a better shot at getting him with the tone they have forctheir universe and he said no.I dont see him committing to a huge franchise like this.

  3. SURGEON Stephen Strange was as a much a pimp with the ladies as Tony Stark. It’s only the car accident that eventually humbles him, spiritually and physically. Joaquin Phoenix’s roles over the years have never struck me as pimpilicious, more weird and pathetic than anything else (see Gladiator, The Master, etc.).

    I think it would be a mistake, but it ain’t my money…

  4. Joaquin Phoenix is an EXTREMELY good actor. The only reason you cannot see him as Doctor Strange is because you HAVE NOT seen as Doctor Strange. He can do it, he SHOULD do it, I HOPE he does it. He has my vote.

    • Say what?

      • nah mate.. eddie’s a good bloke, he knows what he’s on about.

  5. He’s not my favorite choice, but I could see him in it. I just can’t see him accepting a long term contract for the role.

  6. I really like Phoenix, but I don’t think he’s right for Dr. Strange. I think he’d have been the perfect troubled Hank Pym if “Ant Man” was going to have a young Hank as the focal point instead of Scott Lang. But, Billy Crudup or Jared Leto would be the best Dr. Strange choices. Although I wouldn’t mind Hardy.

  7. Hm. Yeah keep knocking on Mr. Cumberbatch’s door.

  8. I guess Leto turned it down. Too bad. He would have been the PERFECT successor to RDJ as the cool movie star leader of the MCU

  9. Not ony of my 1st choices, but definitely would be welcome, especially over Cumberbatch.

  10. Has Deadline confirmed it? “Joaquin Phoenix, who’ll star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange film”

  11. Im sorry Cumberbatch I respect you…
    but the role must go to this guy.

  12. This explains everything, Dormammu confirmed… (seriously click this, you won’t regret it)

  13. great actor, he could kill this….plus the stache is on point

  14. I wanted to see Denzel Washington as Doctor Strange

  15. fck yeah i hope he will accept
    phoenix is a fcking good actor and perfect for the role of doctor strange

  16. Cumberbatch would be a perfect Dr. Strange. Let’s see if Marvel gets that.

  17. Wow, I’m in the minority here. Can’t stand Phoenix, was never a fan of him in anything, and really hope he doesn’t show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No disrespect to him as a person, but as an actor I do not like him at all.

    Honestly, I seriously doubt this is true anyway as the rumor mill about Marvel, at least when it comes to casting, tends to whiff way more often than it hits.

  18. Bla, Bla, Bla…BS!… the former rapper wanna be is like 5’8, I like him in certain roles but Dr. Strange, really ???

    • What does him being 5’8 have anything to do with this?

      RDJ, Renner, Rudd, Cheadle, and Ruffalo (Iron Man, Hawkeye, Ant-Man, War Machine and Hulk respectively)are all between 5’7 – 5’9. That’s with some of them wearing lifts and fudging their height.

  19. Joaquin Phoenix is….well….Joaquin Phoenix.
    Personally, I loved the Jared Leto rumor. I might actually have
    bought a ticket.

  20. I’m not familiar enough with Dr.Strange to say who would make a perfect fit. But by my recollection Robert Downy Jr.’s Tony Stark is a hell of a lot more interesting than the character I encountered in the comic books…

    In this instance quite a few of the maybe casting rumors have sounded interesting.

    Johnny Depp sounded appealing, though lately I find he’s been approaching that Tom Cruise level where I see the actor before the character being portrayed.

    Cumberbatch, is a new fresh face, and while I’ve no idea how closely he’d be able to hit the mark as Strange, I do enjoy his work.

    Phoenix is a strange dude in life as well as in profession, but just because he is strange, does that mean he’d make a good Dr.Strange?

    Marvel has been hitting the ball out of the park so frequently I wonder when the streak will end. Ant-Man is seeming more and more like it may do just that for them (Hated the idea of Ant-Man, read about the production, became very interested, then the soul left/got fired/say-what-you-will, and it’s been BAD news ever since).

    Dr.Strange has Iron Man potential in my eyes, I’m not a life long fan, so I’m not beholden to a cherished nostalgic view point (the reason I despise the new Fantastic Four movie already- i.e ‘hip young fantastic four’ BLAH), and yet Stephen Strange, despite my unfamiliarity, is interesting and unique amongst superheros.

    Fingers crossed for good things! :D

  21. Make Joaquin Phoenix Doc Strange and keep Cumberbatch on for Dormmammu.

  22. Dunno, maybe. I just didn’t go – oh yeah, HIM. Not like I did for Ruffalo. Cumberbatch, okay, I can get behind that. I still see him more like Eric Bana, Jo Fiennes or Ioan Gruffudd…

  23. He’s got the talent to do it. We’re just used to him being the creepy guy/bad guy. He’s got the right face for Stephen Strange. Who knows?

  24. I think Hugh Dancy would make a great Stephen Strange.
    I just finished watching the latest season of Hannibal and found myself thinking his Will Graham performance could lead to something like a Sorcerer supreme. Nothing against Joaquin, who is definitely a bigger name, but if he falls through, my vote is for Hugh

  25. Do eeeeet!!!!

    I can’t think of anybody better for the role. The man’s a phenomenal actor who I think could play just about anybody. The sheer difference between the character he plays in The Master and the character he plays in Her ought to be a clue. Plus his looks are PERFECTO for the role.

    The only question I’ve seen that gives me pause is whether he’s “company man” enough. But I’m hoping that like Ruffalo (another phenomenal actor who Marvel was lucky to snag) he’ll feel he’s done well enough by the indie/arthouse scene, and will be up for a bit of fun and some well-deserved big bucks, even at the cost of a contract with a few movies.

    If Marvel manage to snag him, they’ll have 6 of the best actors around (him, Ruffalo, RDJ, Renner, Hiddleston and Scarjo) – quite a coup!

    Who knows? He may even be a closet comix fan :) I can see him digging the idea of Dr. Strange’s arc from asshole neurosurgeon to noble, mystical Sorcerer Supreme! That’s something for an actor to get their teeth into, no doubt.

  26. There was a 1978 DOCTOR STRANGE TV movie aired on CBS being done by the team that
    did SPIDER-AN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK but the pilot was awful and the ac ting was
    terribly wooden (and I do mean wooden!) SCI FI Channel aired this pilot back in
    the mid 1990′s and probably on Youtube. but it should’ve been FORGOTTEN!
    also notice that Stephen Strange switched his iconic blue costume for a cheesy one!