Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such” Ridley Scott Says 'Exodus' Would Never Get Financed Starring "Mohammad So-and-So From Such-And-Such” James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You "Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open” James Cameron Says 'Avatar' Sequels Will Make You "Sh*t Yourself With Your Mouth Wide Open” Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Welcome Back To The Park: The First Trailer For 'Jurassic World' Is Here Watch: 2-Hour 'Deleted Magic' Explores Deleted Scenes & Alternate Footage From The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Watch: 2-Hour 'Deleted Magic' Explores Deleted Scenes & Alternate Footage From The Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed New Character And Plot Details Emerge For 'True Detective' Season 2 As More Cast Members Confirmed James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' James Gunn Says Shared Universe Model Is "Flawed," Plus Listen To "Awesome Mixtape Volume Zero" For 'Guardians' 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday 'Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens' Trailer Hits Theaters This Friday Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Christian Bale Admits He Was Initially "Jealous" When Ben Affleck Was Cast As Batman Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: First Trailer For Thomas Vinterberg's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' Starring Carey Mulligan Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Zac Efron Talks About His Masturbation Techniques In 'The Interview' Segment With James Franco Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Watch: Footage From "Sick," Unreleased Marilyn Manson Video, Directed By Eli Roth & Featuring Lana Del Rey Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway & More Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination'  Starring Ethan Hawke SXSW Review: Spierig Brothers 'Predestination' Starring Ethan Hawke From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Rumor Of The Day: Could Dr. Strange Really-For-Real Be In 'Thor 2?'

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist September 7, 2012 at 6:15PM

Earlier this summer, we at The Playlist launched our Playlist podcast series. In our second episode, we conversed about Warner Bros.' plans for the Justice League, and of course, discussed the second phase of the Marvel cinematic universe. During our conversation we dropped some fun Marvel rumors that had come across our desk this summer (Marvel never verifies, so it tends to be speculative at best) and one of the more fascinating grapevine dispatches we heard was that Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel universe, would be a big part of "Thor: The Dark World" (then simply called "Thor 2").
7
Dr. Strange

Earlier this summer, we at The Playlist launched our Playlist podcast series. In our second episode, we conversed about Warner Bros.' plans for the Justice League, and of course, discussed the second phase of the Marvel cinematic universe. During our conversation we dropped some fun Marvel rumors that had come across our desk this summer (Marvel never verifies, so it tends to be speculative at best) and one of the more fascinating grapevine dispatches we heard was that Dr. Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel universe, would be a big part of "Thor: The Dark World" (then simply called "Thor 2").

Marvel love their Easter Egg teasers, and The Eye of Agamotto, the name commonly given to Doctor Strange's amulet, was spotted in the original "Thor" movie by keen fans (just like a "Black Panther" reference was spotted in "Iron Man 2," etc.). And so like Hawkeye (played by Jeremy Renner) being teased briefly in "Thor," one of the fun rumors we'd heard was Dr. Stephen Strange (the heroes alter ego) was going to appear in "Thor 2" in what would be somewhat of a substantial role. Some geeks shrugged, some took it (as they probably should) with a jumbo-sized grain of salt. Fair enough.

However, the rumor is beginning to build traction and could be on to something. A Marvel Studios-leaking Twitter account named Roger Wardell -- who has apparently been on the money with early news about Falcon appearing in "Captain America 2" and Sebastian Stan reprising his role as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier as well -- has been tweeting out again. Two new tweets have caught the eagle-eye of fans. One that suggests what we heard earlier this summer ("Inside News: There's something "Strange" about Thor: The Dark World") and another unconnected tweet that talks specific actors ("Inside News: Marvel is negotiations with Viggo Mortensen for an unspecified role in one of their Phase 2 films").

Screen Rant has put two and three together to come up with the idea that Viggo Mortensen could play Dr. Strange. Hell, we suppose he could be on their wishlist. We'd heard (as discussed during our podcast) that Marvel Studios' first choice for the role was Joel Edgerton, soon to be seen in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." (We'd all heard that Steven Moffat and Benedict Cumberbatch had met with Team Marvel about something and we hoped and prayed and wished upon a star that they were there for "Dr. Strange." Apparently this was not the case.) 

So is all this building evidence towards the inevitable? Hard to say, though personally we wouldn't doubt that Marvel would want to build up their heroes in this way. However, Viggo is a notoriously independent fellow, and in the years since he hung up his sword and shield after the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, he has taken a notably atypical path. He's done three movies with David Cronenberg, played a Nazi in a little-seen historical drama, appeared in a couple of documentaries, and starred in the troubled, imperfect adaptation of literary sensation "The Road." Not exactly the kind of dude who would jump at the chance to be locked into another multi-year, multi-film arrangement.

Also, keep in mind that he turned down roles in two major fantasy-like tentpoles in the last twelve months, "Man of Steel" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," A "Dr. Strange" script by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer was commissioned and handed in last year, but there have been Dr. Strange scripts for at least the past decade. At one point David Goyer was writing one, until the executives asked him if he could take out all the magic. 

Other interesting rumors from Roger Wardell? 1. Cobie Smulders, Maximiliano Hernández, and Titus Welliver will be used on the Joss Whedon Marvel TV show about S.H.I.E.L.D. 2. Marvel wanted the rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus for "Guardians of the Galaxy." 3Baron Zemo will be another major villain in "Captain America 2." And 4. And apparently that actor Aldis Hodge is on Marvel's radar (which will inevitably lead everyone to think they have him in mind for Black Panther or Luke Cage). That's just the tip of the iceberg, and there are lots of other small tidbits for comic-book movie fans as well. Will they turn out to be true? Keep a scorecard and we'll see. Excelsior.

This article is related to: Thor: The Dark World, Viggo Mortensen, Doctor Strange, Marvel


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates