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

The Playlist heard at the time that Marvel Studios’ highly desired choice, however unlikely to come to fruition, was for Joel Edgerton to play Strange. Locking down Edgerton now – an actor on his way up in terms of stardom, with high profile roles in Warrior and The Thing lats year and Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby on the way – would be a smart move by the studio. It would also be similar to how they got Jeremy Renner in talks for Hawkeye before he stepped up into major roles in the Bourne and Mission: Impossible franchises.

The problem is that Edgerton has too many commitments for his other films this year and so who could replace him? How about Viggo Mortensen?

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We’re delving deep into take-it-with-a-grain-of-salt rumor territory with this one, but a Twitter account by the name of Roger Wardell has been sharing Marvel Studios info for months, and if we look at the time stamps we can see that he knew that Falcon was going to be in Captian America 2 before THR shared their “exclusive” on the same news. This same account teased that Dr. Strange will be in Thor: The Dark World not long ago (something The Playlist said as well), and three days prior, Wardell also claimed that Viggo Mortensen was in negotiations with Marvel Studios for a role in “Phase Two.”

Connecting the dots, is this too good (or crazy) to be true? Let’s look at what we do know:

  1. Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige said he’s confident in a Dr. Strange movie at the same time he said he was confident in Guardians of the Galaxy, and we all know what happened with that.
  2. Marvel Studios has a completed draft of a Dr. Strange movie script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer that was reportedly sent out to directors over a year ago.
  3. Mortensen was a top choice for the lead role in Snow White and the Huntsman and the impossible-to-get-into-production The Dark Tower, so he’s not averse to returning to blockbuster franchise roles.

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And we cannot forget that it was the first Thor movie that dropped the first Dr. Strange easter eggs by including the Orb of Agamotto artifact in Odin’s Vault alongside the Eternal Flame (see: Surtur) and the Infinity Gauntlet. The Agamatto objects are the source of Strange’s supernatural powers, and according to The Playlist’s information, one of those objects could come crashing down on earth – thus explaining Strange’s cinematic origins.

Don’t be surprised if Doctor Strange is at least introduced in Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe, or if Dr. Strange joins The Avengers 2 as a 2015 release. Viggo Mortensen on the other hand… well, that’s a stretch and we’ll have to keep an eye on the situation. It’s also possible that if Viggo is in fact, in discussions with Marvel it could be for a lead role in one of the other in-development films, perhaps as a Guardian of the Galaxy member or a villain of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The Thor sequel is being directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) and stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jaimie Alexander, Tadanobu Asano and Christopher Eccleston.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.


Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.

Sources: The Playlist, Roger Wardell (hat tip Steve)

Header image edited from Dr. Strange art by YamaO.

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  1. @Shifty, I’m with you on Patrick Dempsey. I do think he looks a little more level-headed and collected which suits the DS role perfectly. I’m probably biased by the many swashbuckling (and sometimes hot-blooded) roles Vigo has played in past adventure movies. His picture in this article further reinforces that image for me rather than remove it. But from the support for him in this thread, I may be wrong- that is if they all share my impression of DS as a smooth, calm and comported individual..which, from my assessment of both actors, Dempsey seems to have an edge.

    By the way, Rob, is AAA still a rumour or is he going to be in the sequel? I noticed his name was not on your credit list.

  2. Doctor Strange=Jeremy Sisto

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

  3. dr strange = david stratharim

    • just watch goodnight and goodluck

      • Too old.

      • agreed wayy to old

  4. Jim Caviezel, all the way.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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”

  8. Keanu Reeves would be great as Doctor Strange

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Dr Strange = Hugh Laurie

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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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…


  19. how about Kevin J.Ryan as Dr.Strange? … … … check it out & his fb page 2 #marvel