Marvel Considers Johnny Depp for Doctor Strange Role

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Marvel Considers Johnny Depp for Doctor Strange Role

Doctor Strange might become a part of Marvel's Cinematic Universe sometime after The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In case you haven't noticed, superhero movies are the cinematic blockbusters of this decade, which means big name stars want to get in on the action. Within Marvel Studios alone, Benicio Del Toro had a recent cameo in Thor: The Dark World, while Michael Douglas will be playing as Hank Pym in Ant-Man. Undaunted, Marvel Studios is already planning for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where resident magician Doctor Strange might receive his own feature film. We know this because Johnny Depp himself is being considered for the role of Sorcerer Supreme, having entered into talks with Marvel for a possible 2016 release.

Doctor Strange first appeared in 1963 as Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange, a brilliant but egotistical neurosurgeon who shattered his hands in a car accident. With his career at risk, Strange travels the globe seeking a miracle cure, only to renounce medicine upon discovering an aptitude for the magical arts. If this Doctor Strange adaption closely follows the comics, it would be the first explicit presence of the supernatural in Marvel's Cinematic Universe (since the Thor movies are technically science-fiction).

Outside of looking the part, Marvel has other reasons to consider Depp for Doctor Strange. The actor has a good relationship with Marvel's parent company Disney, is known for playing eccentric characters, and as a comic fan, he's apparently itching to try his hand at a Marvel superhero. On the other hand, Depp is already signed on for Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland sequels, and may not be able to commit to Marvel's schedule. It's still too early to say, so until Marvel makes an official announcement, we'll just have to wait and see.

Source: Latino Review, via Bleeding Cool

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I don't like this idea...it's mostly because Strange always struck me as fairly 'straight'...he works with weird, twisted and unusual forces, but powers aside, he was always rather...non deppian, really. Probably oweing to his background as a surgeon.

Uratoh:
I don't like this idea...it's mostly because Strange always struck me as fairly 'straight'...he works with weird, twisted and unusual forces, but powers aside, he was always rather...non deppian, really. Probably oweing to his background as a surgeon.

Johnny Depp can still pull if off. He's an incredible actor. He's mostly known for his weird roles but he can play a normal guy as well. Check out some of his earlier work.

So the Sorceror Supreme will have a silly hat then? I seriously hope he isn't going to take the role.

I really hope they don't do this, I like depp but I just can't see him as Doctor Strange.

Actually, I'm kinda interested in seeing Depp in the title role of Doctor Strange. After the mess of Lone Ranger, he needs something fresh to get him back on track. And, no, a Pirates of the Caribbean and/or an Alice in Wonderland sequel is not gonna cut it. But, if he's actually going to take this role, he needs to rely less on his eccentric shtick and rely more on his ability to play the role straight. He can work a little of it into the character of Stephen Strange (Vincent is his middle name) but he needs to remember that going overboard on that led to Jack Sparrow being overused and taking on a role he shouldn't have taken on regardless of what fraction of his DNA is Native American.

Adam Jensen:
Johnny Depp can still pull if off. He's an incredible actor. He's mostly known for his weird roles but he can play a normal guy as well. Check out some of his earlier work.

Well if he can hold off the...depping...then he does certainly look the part. That might actually be a draw, 'come see Johnny Depp play a *STRAIGHT* role for once!'

Depp could be alot of different superheroes, as asgardian or olympian, maybe even mister marvel or or one of the outer space characters (also fits a few xmen and spiderman characters but marvel/disney doesn't make those). But not Doctor Strange. Yes i know strange is in the name but the guy isn't all that kooky, it's just his name and powers. I'd want to see Depp in a straight role before making that decision.

By the way what happened to Patrick Dempsey playing Doctor Strange? I really liked that casting. Especially in the meta sense that he'd be coming off of Grey's Anatomy where he plays a talented neuro-surgeon. We could tie in Grey's Anatomy with the Marvels universe.

I'm not feeling it. Maybe he could pull it off with his acting skills, the ones he's put in stasis for the better part of a decade, but I'm not confident. Dr. Strange is not kooky, or off-kilter, he's simply mystical and aloof. I wonder if Depp remembers what those words mean. So far the movies have been generally well cast (conflict prone Edward Norton aside) so I do trust the casting crew at Marvel to make the smart choice.

Sounds like a great idea, as long as the director reels in the "oh look at me, depp playing weird depp" character again.

I hope they're not considering it. Depp's a decent actor, but I don't think he'll wrangle in his more eccentric tricks, despite whoever they have directing.

I think it's a really good pick.

Adam Jensen:

Johnny Depp can still pull if off. He's an incredible actor. He's mostly known for his weird roles but he can play a normal guy as well. Check out some of his earlier work.

He CAN, but based on recent performances he's far more likely to go for absurd overacting with a stupid hat.

Stop freaking out, Johnny Depp is a good actor, like really good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m0yqS3jodU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaKkbgtlmZQ

I like Johnny Depp, most of the time - more "Secret Window" and "Blow" than "Lone Ranger" and "Dark Shadows" - but for my money, Viggo Mortensen is Dr. Strange.
Nevertheless, if Johnny Depp does turn out to be Dr. Strange, than he's more than capable for the role. I have confidence in Marvel.

Adam Jensen:

Uratoh:
I don't like this idea...it's mostly because Strange always struck me as fairly 'straight'...he works with weird, twisted and unusual forces, but powers aside, he was always rather...non deppian, really. Probably oweing to his background as a surgeon.

Johnny Depp can still pull if off. He's an incredible actor. He's mostly known for his weird roles but he can play a normal guy as well. Check out some of his earlier work.

I actually agree with you that Depp is a great actor and can pull off the straight man roles. But I also have trouble seeing him as an iconic comic book character simply because he's so recognizable. He's one of those actors that just gets so much work that it's hard to see him on screen and not think "oh hey, it's Johnny Depp." I'm fine with that in roles where the character isn't already established, but it's hard to move on from with something like this.

Vivi22:

Adam Jensen:

Uratoh:
I don't like this idea...it's mostly because Strange always struck me as fairly 'straight'...he works with weird, twisted and unusual forces, but powers aside, he was always rather...non deppian, really. Probably oweing to his background as a surgeon.

Johnny Depp can still pull if off. He's an incredible actor. He's mostly known for his weird roles but he can play a normal guy as well. Check out some of his earlier work.

I actually agree with you that Depp is a great actor and can pull off the straight man roles. But I also have trouble seeing him as an iconic comic book character simply because he's so recognizable. He's one of those actors that just gets so much work that it's hard to see him on screen and not think "oh hey, it's Johnny Depp." I'm fine with that in roles where the character isn't already established, but it's hard to move on from with something like this.

I'm conflicted. I know Depp can play serious roles and he's actually a damn good actor. But, I kinda agree with you, too. Depp is just so recognizable. Sort of like how Arnold Schwarzenegger is always Arnold Schwarzenegger no matter what movie he is in.

That being said, so far Marvel has cast expertly and with nary a misstep. I've heard people doubt their casting in previous films, like Captain America, and then eat their words (Blockbuster Buster on TGWTG has admitted he was wrong for doubting Chris Evan as Cap).

I'm somewhat willing to consider this in the same venue as casting Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. Oh, we may all love the guy, now, but when he was originally cast, he was still considered a huge gamble. So maybe they will cast Deep as Dr Strange. And he might just blow it out of the water. I won't doubt him just yet. He may not even be cast.

I am interested in this, but not completely on board. Always thought Liam Neeson could make a good strange. Also thought Hugh Laurie would be fun for obvious reasons. Anyways, when Depp is good, he is really damn good. So here is hoping if he is picked that he manages to contain his wilder side and deliver a knock out performance.

Please no. It's bad enough I have to see him in ads for upcoming movies, like that goddamn Lone Ranger which had ads plastered everywhere. I don't need to see more of him in pre-video ads.

I think he can put the Strange into Doc Strange. He is sort of the straight man in a mad world but Johnny can do that as well.

I was kind of hoping that Disney would go for more of a non white ethnic direction with Dr. Strange. His background always made me think that he should be Indian. (Famous American Surgeon who has forgotten his roots. So much of the story revolves around India and Nepal etc on his journey of self discovery). Wouldn't someone like the guy who played the villain in this new Dhoom 3 work really well as Strange?

Feels like he's out of his Deppth to me. I'd rather have that dude who plays Littlefinger on Games of Thrones as Strange.

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no *gasp* no no no no no no no no no no no no

... I'm not sure how to evade low-content on this post. My mind is seriously just locking up in horror. Johnny Depp hasn't played anything but Captain Jack in over a decade, and I do NOT want to see Captain Jack Sparrow as Dr. Strange. Seeing Captain Jack Sparrow as the Mad Hatter was quite painful enough, thank you. And not NEARLY as fun as our other resident stuck-as-his-character, with "Tony Stark plays Sherlock Holmes".

I think he could do a fine job as Strange. Just so long as they don't put a funny hat on him.

Mr. Depp could do Doctor Strange, it would require a departure from some of his more recent, eccentric roles however. I look at his performance in "The Ninth Gate" as an arrogant, professional book thief who gets caught up in a search for satanic tomes able to unlock a gate to hell. That isn't exactly the way I'd expect him to play the role, but shows that he has the tools as an actor to not always play so outlandishly oddball.

To be honest also I would make a correction about something. The stuff about Asgard is NOT 100% science fiction, magic is heavily involved there along with advanced science. Loki, The Enchantress, Odin, Karnilla, all of them tap into actual Marvel magical forces. Karnilla is Asgard's "Sorcerer Supreme" each dimension has one, Doctor Strange is ours, she's theirs. So even if one uses the definition that the Asgardians *were* aliens they happen to be magic using aliens, or ones that wound up gaining the ability to use magic. Loki is for example not secretly walking around with a bunch of holo projectors in his gloves, and The Enchantress actually magically enslaves those she kisses, as opposed to relying on some kind of pheromone technology.

That said with Doctor Strange, the big problem with putting Johnny Depp into the role is he's another HUGE name actor who commands massive amounts of money for his time, and is going to compete for billing and screen time with other big name actors. How well he'd play the role isn't the biggest question here IMO, so much as whether having him do Doctor Strange means we'll actually get to see much use of Doctor Strange (who is one of my all time favorite characters).

I would also say that they could have some potential to do a "Defenders" movie like they did "Avengers" with "Doctor Strange" as the launch title, but they already decided to pull that name for "Netflix" ironically filling the team out with "Heroes For Hire" characters (all guys who seem to team with, and be built around Luke Cage, the only one notably missing seems to be Misty Knight as I believe Moviebob mentioned). "The Defenders" actually having started if I remember as being a team created by Doctor Strange to defend the earth against otherworldly threats other heroes weren't dealing with. One of the old school classic storylines was a misunderstanding (well actually several) leading to the "Avengers Defenders War" pitting the two teams against each other... with the predictable outcome of things eventually being sorted out before too much damage was done in the end. Something they could have in theory built a crossover of movie crossovers around. :)

At any rate I have still been hoping they take the "Defenders" name from Netflix and have them rebrand their crossover "Heroes For Hire" given that it makes the most sense since that's the family of characters they are using.

1. "Thor" is science fiction in the way that "Star Wars" is science fiction.

"He's a god. He flies through the air with the magic of his hammer."
"No, he's an alien. He flies through the air with the technology of his hammer."
"But-"
"Science!"
"...B-but... Frost giants? Dark elves?"
"<handwave> Science!"

2. Much as I hate to admit it, and as increasingly unlikely as it seems to be that we'll ever get a decent movie out of it... DC has far more interesting magic-users than Marvel.

Still, I'd have to view Johnny Depp and the kind of attention to detail Marvel has been lavishing on its movies of late would probably be a step in the right direction.

I get the feeling most of the people here concerned about his ability to play someone other than Captain Jack haven't seen the trailer for Transcendence yet. At this stage it's too soon to tell how good it'll be but it certainly has potential, and at the very least Depp seems much less 'wacky hats' then we've seen him in a long while.

I'm not as familiar with Strange as I am with other parts of the roster but from what little I know he certainly seems like a good call. There are definitely some other names I'd have on the short list too though, like the aforementioned Liam Neeson or even Hugh Laurie. I could see any of them

Callate:
1. "Thor" is science fiction in the way that "Star Wars" is science fiction.

"He's a god. He flies through the air with the magic of his hammer."
"No, he's an alien. He flies through the air with the technology of his hammer."
"But-"
"Science!"
"...B-but... Frost giants? Dark elves?"
"<handwave> Science!"

2. Much as I hate to admit it, and as increasingly unlikely as it seems to be that we'll ever get a decent movie out of it... DC has far more interesting magic-users than Marvel.

Still, I'd have to view Johnny Depp and the kind of attention to detail Marvel has been lavishing on its movies of late would probably be a step in the right direction.

True. But the more 'memorable' magic-users are Zatanna, Circe... Captain Marvel (debatably), Doctor Fate... I can't think of any more.

I think Doctor Strange could be interesting, and Mr Depp can pull it off, as long as the director understands that Doc Strange is fairly straight-laced.

VoidWanderer:
True. But the more 'memorable' magic-users are Zatanna, Circe... Captain Marvel (debatably), Doctor Fate... I can't think of any more.

I was actually thinking more along the lines of Hellblazer, The Books of Magic and Sandman... But the less said about Constantine, the better.

Dead Century:
Feels like he's out of his Deppth to me. I'd rather have that dude who plays Littlefinger on Games of Thrones as Strange.

oh god...you put that picture in my head, NOW I CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO CHARACTERS.

I also suggest this.

I say we bring Vincent Price back to life and have him play the role, it's a match made in heaven I will never see :(.

I'm conflicted about this as well. I'm a big fan of Dr. Strange so this makes it harder for me. I admit, the idea of Liam Neeson or Aiden Gillen(Littlefinger) playing the role would be very intriguing. Of course what i really want to see is Peter Dinklage in the role of Galactus.

BoredRolePlayer:
I say we bring Vincent Price back to life and have him play the role, it's a match made in heaven I will never see :(.

You just made me want to cry. But instead it looks like we are getting the guy who played opposite him in his final movie. Still not close enough though imo.

Am I the only one who feels like some Disney exec looked and saw the name "Dr. Strange" and immediately thought, okay Dr. Strange, who is the "strange" actor, Johnny Depp!!! PLUS he got us SO MUCH money from Pirates of the Caribbean, where can we go wrong?

Right there. THAT is where you went wrong, the character himself is not all that strange.

Aramis Night:
I'm conflicted about this as well. I'm a big fan of Dr. Strange so this makes it harder for me. I admit, the idea of Liam Neeson or Aiden Gillen(Littlefinger) playing the role would be very intriguing. Of course what i really want to see is Peter Dinklage in the role of Galactus.

They can't use Galactus. he was in that Fantastic 4 movie, which means that he is now a property of Fox.

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