By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 25, 2014 at 2:29PM
With the long-rumored Benedict Cumberbatch taking himself out of the running to lead Marvel's "Doctor Strange" yesterday at Comic-Con, it was likely only a matter of time until another name popped onto the radar. And we have to admit, we really didn't see this one coming.
According to The Wrap, Joaquin Phoenix is now "mentioned most often" for the part, and is in consideration/discussions for the role. And while it might seem a bit odd given that thus far, the actor has resisted the lure of the tentpole world, he was at one point courted to play Lex Luthor in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice." So maybe he's just waiting for the right role to come along.
And it would appear he's doing his research. There are accounts floating that he's been seen buying Doctor Strange comics. Does that mean he's already signed on? Or maybe he's just figuring out if he digs the character? Justin Theroux has also been rumored for the role too and he could be the studios B plan. With Marvel yet to unveil their full slate of surprises at Comic-Con, we could know more very soon....
One of the comic book stores in CT had Joaquin Phoenix stop by. He was looking for Dr. Strange comics.
— Kevin. (@KevinInChains) July 18, 2014
Hey @scottderrickson, Joaquin Phoenix was shopping for some Dr. Strange comics at Sarge's Comics in New London, CT last week. Is he the Dr.?
— Tony Nunes (@TonytheNunes) July 23, 2014