Rumor Patrol: Doctor Strange May Have A Big Role in ‘Thor 2′

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Dr. Strange Marvel Movie Rumor Patrol: Doctor Strange May Have A Big Role in Thor 2

Before Marvel Studios laid out a crowd-pleasing series of confirmations and announcements during the Iron Man 3 Comic-Con panel in July, rumors ran rampant about the already-confirmed “Phase Two” films. Iron Man 3 was already in production, Thor 2 was getting ready to shoot at the end of summer and Captain America 2 had just gotten its official spring 2014 release date.

We dissected the information making the rounds on potential returning characters and plot points for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3, but for Thor: The Dark World – seemingly the most mysterious and complex of the three – the rumors and speculation were too convoluted and scattered to make sense of until we learned more, and learned more we might have.

At the time when Mads Mikkelsen was still in the running to play the villain of the Thor sequel, The Playlist podcast discussed a variety of Marvel Studios rumors – from Edgar Wright shooting the post-credits scene for Iron Man 3 to introduce Ant-Man, to returning characters for the Captain America sequel. For Thor: The Dark World, many of the rumors failed to materialize, but some of them are starting to get a little more credence as of late.

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Mikkelson couldn’t take the villain gig – which many thought would be the character of The Executioner – due to his obligations on the Hannibal TV series. Replacing him is Christopher Eccleston, and that role, as we learned, is for Malekith the Accursed instead. Rumors also had Kat Dennings not returning, but it’s since been confirmed that she is. That’s two inaccuracies which made us skeptical.

Keeping in mind that the title of the film (The Dark World) had yet to be revealed, and the rumors above weren’t accurate, we held off on the biggest rumor of them all: that the Thor sequel would introduce and star Doctor Stephen StrangeThe Playlist claimed that Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster could be working alongside Dr. Strange in a similar capacity as she did with Stellan Skarsgård’s Dr. Erik Selvig in the first film, and that Strange would be playing a big part in “all three acts” of the film, as opposed to being relegated to a cameo-type introduction. He would play a scientist (he’s a genius neurosurgeon in the comics) and someone who’s deeply interested in Foster’s stories and knowledge about Asgard and Thor.

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Marvel Studios understandably would want an A-list actor for the part, considering there’s a strong possibility that Strange could get his own solo film in a few years, and introducing him now (in a big way) works wonders for the future of the franchise. Not only does it help boost the appeal of Thor: The Dark World to match post-Avengers expectations – much like Iron Man 3 added Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce to its roster (along with more budget) – but it lays a strong foundation to establish the Dr. Strange character as a mainstay for the Marvel cinematic universe.

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  1. Doctor Strange=Jeremy Sisto

    Sisto has the right amount of dramatic intensity and comedic timing that could make for a wonderful Doctor Strange.

  2. dr strange = david stratharim

    • just watch goodnight and goodluck

      • Too old.

      • agreed wayy to old

  3. Jim Caviezel, all the way.

  4. After seeing Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa, he’d be a good Peter Quill. However he still would be a good Doctor Strange too.

    Liam Neeson as Doctor Strange would be sick! George Takei would have to be Wong again, like in the 90’s Spiderman cartoon.

  5. johnny depp for doctor strange :)

    • Agreed! It would be so good but I think sadly he’ll cost to much, especially when there funding Robert Downey Jnr.

  6. How did I miss this story?? Dr. Strange is the man!!! Maybe they should name is “Dr. Strange; And How I Came To Love the Orb of Agamotto”

  7. Keanu Reeves would be great as Doctor Strange

  8. If he were still around/still young/didn’t have the health problems he had when he was still alive, Vincent Price would be my ultimate Doctor Strange. I literally can not think of anyone else that would be perfect, imo.

    Out of today’s bunch of actors… I guess Dempsey would be ok, maybe Keanu or Viggo. I actually don’t want to see Depp in this role. He doesn’t really fit Strange, if that makes any sense.

    • yes, i would agree with that, if vincent price was still alive, he would have been the perfect actor to play doctor strange, when ever i saw him in horror films he just seemed perfect for that role/ i think he played a type of mystical character like dr strange in one of hes early films/
      i think it was called the raven.

  9. I want to see Russel Crowe or George Clooney, you need someone who is going to be able to pull off the intensity of the character. Patrick Dempsey is just too vanilla.

  10. Dr Strange = Hugh Laurie

  11. Although he isn’t an A-lister, Eric Dane takes the Doctor Strange look out of the park. It’s uncanny.

  12. personally, i think Liam Neeson can play just about any role. and with a chance, he’d be a pretty awesome Doc Strange.

  13. Ok Depp or Neeson, anything else is just not as cool. Maybe the guy who played strider because he’s pretty cool as well.

  14. Johnny Depp would make an awesome Doctor Strange. He’s got the right look for the part and attitude to be a Marvel hero.

    • He’s way to much for marvel.. Unfortunately

    • Unfortunately, he’s way to much for Marvel

    • Unfortunately, he’s way to much, marvel are picky on actor who want high salaries, they wouldn’t want him

  15. Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange. He’s a fantastic actor and he’s certainly got the look if her were to grow a beard. He’d also got the mystical sounding voice. He’d be perfect.

  16. An “out-there” suggestion… Bryan Cranston, he has an incredible range, and with Breaking Bad coming to an end after winning gobs of awards and critical acclaim, he might be looking for a new franchise. He is perfect for Marvel because he has the star power they need, but since he has yet played the lead in a movie, they can still get him cheap…