Could Guillermo del Toro Direct a Marvel Studios Feature Film?

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

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Guillermo del Toro’s Blade II (2002) helped land the Mexican director the directorial gig for another comic book adaptation in Hellboy, and although comics have been a big part of his career, superhero films do not generally interest him. Monsters do, as does horror, and these provide the motivation behind del Toro’s project selections.

In addition to doing a Hellboy sequel and now working with ABC on a live-action Hulk television series (and potentially an eventual Hellboy 3), del Toro was once linked to Thor and The Wolverine, but neither came to be. Will his interest in Dr. Strange have him eventually work on another Marvel movie?

Before Kenneth Branagh signed with Marvel Studios to direct Thor, even before Matthew Vaughn was attached to direct, del Toro was in talks for Asgardian Avenger’s solo film due to his interest in the mythology. He also was a consideration for The Wolverine but evidently, there aren’t enough monsters in that movie to meet his quota.

In chatting with Collider, del Toro offered an update for The Incredible Hulk TV series and shared what comic properties he finds interesting and those he doesn’t find interesting enough to spend years on developing into a film.

“The thing is that I’m not a superhero guy. I like monsters, and when the monster is a superhero, it’s a byproduct. Like Hellboy, the Hulk, Man-Thing, Swamp Thing, Sandman, Constantine, Demon, Dr. Strange, Spectre, Deadman. Those are the superheroes I followed as a kid religiously. I loved when the superhero genre crosses with horror. Morbius. Those are the guys I gravitated towards. Blade. So for me, to be interested in doing a superhero movie, it would need to be on the dark side or a Jack Kirby property. Kamandi, Demon, Mr. Miracle—I love any Kirby.”

“Over the years, when Avi Arad was in charge of Marvel, I often had the discussions with him. I came very close to doing Thor because I really wanted to bring the Norse mythology… It’s something I’m very attracted to. Create the giants and create the more fantastical version of that. But it’s not like I have many meetings with studios discussing superhero movies. They come to me. Normally I pass, respectfully or not. They like it, that we have a very quick response. I was very attracted to doing The Wolverine in Japan, because that’s my favorite chapter in the story of Wolverine. But I’m not a superhero guy. It’s very hard for me to… It’s one thing to like something and another to marry it for two, three years.”

We would love to see what del Toro’s take on the Frost Giants and Asgard would have been, and for the Thor sequel we’ll get another take on that part of the Marvel Universe from Game of Thrones’ Alan Taylor. Fortunately for del Toro, there are plenty of “monsters” on the way from Marvel Studios now that they’re going into deep space for Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s also that Dr. Strange script that needs a greenlight and a director if Marvel still wants to make that happen.

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Like Joss Whedon, del Toro is a tried and true comic book geek and a Comic-Con fan-favorite. With his Pacific Rim coming next year and representing del Toro’s desire to take major risks with an extreme hard science fiction property, Guardians of the Galaxy could be right up his alley. Note his specific mention of Jack Kirby’s properties, which happen to include several that Marvel Studios is actively developing: The InhumansStrange Tales (Dr. Strange’s introduction) and Black Panther.

What’s also interesting about del Toro’s interest in Dr. Strange - a character we know Marvel is developing for their cinematic universe – is his real-life relationships with key figures involved with Marvel Studios, including friendships with Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, who also produced The Avengers, and Ant-Man writer and director Edgar Wright. There’s even a possibility that del Toro and Whedon could be working together on The Incredible Hulk series, which makes del Toro seemingly a perfect fit for the studio (he was already), should his schedule allow for it. Then again, del Toro’s inSANE video game trilogy was just canceled so maybe he will have the time…

Could del Toro be hinting at a future team-up with Marvel Studios? Or does he simply have too much on his plate for years to come?

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On the film side, Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.


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Source: Collider

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  1. del Toro is an awesome director. I would like to see him direct a Dr. Strange movie. Strange is one of the characters Marvel REALLY needs to get off the ground and it would be a completely unique film due to the entire magic aspect of it. An Incredible Hulk sequel from del Toro would also be pretty cool.

    IMO, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and Iron Fist/Heroes for Hire are the Marvel projects that REALLY need to be made.

  2. Sounds great, but I don’t think del toro is a director who would want to work within the guidelines that Marvel Studios will make for him.

  3. He woulda made A good Thor movie

  4. Del Toro needs to stay away from Marvel and just keep doing his own thing,each Hellboy is bloated and over long, dont think I’ve sat through either one and not nodded off, blade 2 was decent but after watching it on tv the other night has dated already, so glad he passed on the hobbit!

    • All opinions and you are entitled to them. But Hellboy 1 and 2 are some of my favorites. Blade 2 is the best Blade movie of the 3. I agree Del Toro needs to stay away from Marvel but his movies ROCK!

      • Wow, you are the only other person I have found that agrees with me about Blade 2 being the best :)

        • I’ve always thought that… maybe i never said it here but Blade 2 definitely is the best of the trilogy.

  5. He would (simply put) be utterly fantastical as the director of Dr Strange. He would bring justice to character who richly deserves his chance on the screen. Could you possibly imagine Del Torro actually doing it with so much on his plate as is. Anyway, I’m still waiting for a 3rd Hellboy.

  6. If he couldn’t though. Who would you suggest???
    I always thought that David Cronenberg would be a good (albeit strange) choice or Peter Jackson

  7. I think if he’s going to make a tv show that coincides with the MMU then he should direct a Hulk movie.

    • Yes!

  8. Del Toro?

    Hellboy yes.

    Doctor Strange no.

    I would like Terry Gilliam to direct it. Peter Jackson would be really good too obviously.

    • Jackson will be busy for a while…
      Gilliam would be interesting, I’ll see anything he makes – but he doesn’t play well within anyone’s confines but his own.

  9. Let him direct a Marvel Knights trilogy.

  10. I think he would do good with Dr. Strange or The Inhumans.

  11. Not that Marvel Studios hasn’t earned my trust so much I would go see movies based on comic I’m not familiar with, like GoG or Dr. Strange, but if del Toro’s name was attached too, i would for sure go see it!

  12. I’m up for any possible Doctor Strange movie, although i doubt 1)That Marvel would give him power to do whatever adaptation he wanted and 2)That he would want to be micromanaged…

  13. I don’t know, I think Marvel would give him a little leeway. After all, NOT all Marvel movies were exactly spot on to the comic books. I’d like to see him do Hulk 2 or if Pacific Rim ends up being very good. Guardians of the Galaxy.

  14. oh man I would have loved to see the Del Toro version of Thor

  15. I could definitely see him directing a Hulk movie (and we definitely need another Hulk movie with Ruffalo and the Leader).
    I don’t see why he’d be interested in Doctor Strange though… that character isn’t a monster, and the stories aren’t really set in the horror genre either. Sure, he fights monsters sometimes and I guess one could make a Doctor Strange movie with a scary-ish vibe to it (would be an interesting take), but still, him mentioning that name next to the characters like Swamp-Thing and Sandman makes almost no sense to me…

    So yeah, I vote Incredible Hulk 2. All the other choices don’t seem right IMO.

  16. Del Toro is an incredible director. The Hellboy films are good, and Pan’s Labyrinth is in my top 5 movies of all time. I think he would be great for The Incredible Hulk 2. And if Pacific Rim next year is great (which I think it will be!), Guardians Of The Galaxy!

  17. I still wish he had directed The Hobbit.

    • I would have loved that too but it sounds like he had input on Smaug which will be awesome since creature designs are his specialty :)

  18. If Marvel Studios doesnt infamously interfere + del Toro + Dr Strange (or Inhumans) = Marvel’s best film.

  19. I’d like to see Del Toro at the helm of either Dr. Strange or Incredible Hulk 2. The other director I’d like for the hulk’s next solo film would be Joss Whedon it’d be awesome to see Joss direct TIH 2.

  20. I would love him to direct The Incredible HULK 2.

  21. How about he does Morbius? That’s what he said he likes. Above comments notwithstanding, there’s no significant audience for a Dr Strange movie. Mainstream filmgoers haven’t been breathlessly waiting for it. Comics fans would hate to sit through another origin (unless it was like ‘Chronicle’ amirite? No?) and eventually someone would have to decide which major arcs with Dr Strange and other heroes already in the Marvel Movie Universe got made. By that point it would take on an operatic scale, which might work for Star Wars (if the prequels are watchable) but for superheroes? Who’s sitting at home with 100 hours of superhero movies on permanent rotation in his blu-ray player? I hope whoever it is he feels better soon and gets a job.
    Maybe I got soured by the 70s Dr Strange movie but it seems he’s past the tipping point of superhero movies that need to be made. I love some of his comics. He’s just not the most cinematic character. I could take about 5 minutes of him brooding and then flying around a bunch of cubes and squiggles on the astral plane.
    BTW I know there’s no clamor for a Morbius movie but I take it for granted that it would be a smaller production than even TASM and one the director actually cared about, so his enthusiasm skill would carry it off.

  22. Moon Knight!!!!!!

  23. Guardians of the Galaxy would be perfect for del Toro. He should’ve been the one to direct that. It would be interesting to see his rendition of Groot, Rocket, Drax, Gamorra, Star Lord and of course Warlock. Next best thing is Doctor Strange and possibly Black Panther.

  24. Del toro I can see working on doctor strange definitely what do you guys think

  25. del Toro is an artist! To me he’s on the same level as a Peter Jackson. Can you imagine how much better Thor had been had Del toro directed it? I would love to see him direct ANYTHING for Marvel. I don’t see that happening. Guillermo might be over what they’re willing to pay for a director. Which is why none of the Marvel Studio films are solid 10′s (imo) except for maybe ‘Iron-man:1′ and ‘Captain America’. ‘Iron-man’ was consistent and ‘CA’ had mad heart.
    It would be a great move for Marvel to upgrade directors. It’s the ONLY thing that DC got right with recent Batman and the upcoming Superman films.

    • Thor comes from thorn, right?

  26. Strange, GotG, Thor, Captain Marvel (If they make a movie of him) and Silver Surfer.

    All have monsters in them, or at least aliens… Close enough.

  27. Pacific Rim, Hulk TV, and then finish the Hellboy trilogy. After that, I don’t care…I’d like a Dr. Strange movie regardless of who directs.

  28. I think he should re-reboot ghostrider it would be right up his alley.

    • I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!!! As long as Cage is not in it, and the rights go to Marvel/Disney, I’ll be all for it. :D