Johnny Depp in talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange

johnny depp talks marvels doctor strange dr is coming from marvel

Johnny Depp has spoken with Marvel about taking on the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, according to sources speaking to Latino Review. Depp, a long-time comic book fan, is said to be interested in working with Marvel, and the 50-year old actor already has a strong relationship with Marvel’s parent company, Disney.

The character of Doctor Strange first appeared in July 1963. Once a brilliant, but arrogant neurosurgeon, an accident left Dr. Steven Strange with damage to his hands that left him unable to operate. Unable to accept this, Strange travelled the globe to find a way to restore his hands. The search left him penniless, desperate, and encouraged to follow a rumor that took him to an ancient mystic in the Himalayas. Despite initial hesitance, the “Ancient One,” Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, reluctantly agreed to take Strange on as a disciple.

johnny-depp-2013-hairUnder the Ancient One’s tutelage, Strange overcome his own arrogance and proved to be a gifted pupil. He eventually returned to New York as the new Sorcerer Supreme, the world’s greatest magician, and the sworn enemy of several malevolent supernatural entities that aren’t big fans of humanity. Since then, Doctor Strange has appeared in several comics, including his own.

Assuming that the source is correct, the discussions are still in a the very early stage. Either the studio or the actor may still choose to not participate, but talks are ongoing. There is also a potential scheduling issue though.

In January of 2013, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that Marvel was looking at a Doctor Strange film for its “Phase Three,” which will begin with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man on July 31, 2015. With Avengers: Age of Ultron concluding Phase Two on May 1, 2015, the next Marvel movie probably wouldn’t be until 2016, assuming Marvel follows its previous pattern of releasing only two films per year. If Depp is interested, he would have to find a way to film both Doctor Strange and the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is also set for a 2016 release.

Under different circumstances this might be the end of the discussion. Putting aside what is likely a shockingly comprehensive and legally binding contract between Depp and the Pirates franchise that has earned nearly $4 billion, the schedules just don’t seem to align for what will probably be a pair of effects-heavy, big budget films that should commit the cast to months of shooting. Of course, since both films are controlled by Disney, that changes things a bit.

Depp could theoretically appear in both films, with Dead Men Tell No Tales releasing in the summer, and Doctor Strange pushed to November – a slot Thor: The Dark World just rode to over $630 million worldwide. Depp has a good relationship with Disney, and the studio may want established actors to anchor Phase Three, which will feature slightly lesser-known characters from Marvel’s universe.

Marvel has previously taken chances with talented actors that didn’t command huge salaries (at the time, at least), but just this week the studio announced that Oscar Winner Michael Douglas had been cast in the upcoming Ant-Man (along with comedy star Paul Rudd), and Douglas himself said he would entertain the possibility of appearing in multiple movies. Bringing in Douglas and Depp for Phase Three would likely help to excite audiences, even if the characters of Ant-Man and Doctor Strange don’t (at least not to the same degree as a character like Captain America).

Again though, the talks are still in the very early stages. No director has been mentioned yet, although screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (2011’s Conan the Barbarian, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night) were hired to write the screenplay – which sources claim calls for a 30-something actor. If Depp is interested though, that shouldn’t be too difficult to change.

Movies & TV

2019 Oscar predictions: Who’s going to win, who should win, and who got snubbed

Will Roma finally give Netflix an Oscar? Can Bohemian Rhapsody translate its awards-season momentum into an Academy Award for Rami Malek? Will Black Panther get blanked? Here are our predictions for the 2019 Oscars.
Movies & TV

An Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series might be headed to Disney Plus

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.
Movies & TV

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series gets an interactive map of Middle-earth

Amazon Studios is betting big on its Lord of the Rings prequel series, which has a multiseason commitment and a budget of more than $1 billion. The series' first season will arrive by 2021.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

How to sync and troubleshoot your PS4's DualShock 4 controllers

Sony's Bluetooth-enabled DualShock 4 controllers for PlayStation 4 are some of the best on the market, but connection issues aren't unheard of. Here's how to sync them to your console.
Gaming

The best guns in Apex Legends for obliterating the competition

Though Apex Legends is a squad-based hero shooter, your success is largely dictated on the firepower in your arsenal. Our Apex Legends gun guide details every gun and lays out which ones are best in their class.
Gaming

Xbox-exclusive games could find a second home on Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is reportedly set to release some of its first-party games on Nintendo Switch, as well as the Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud services. Cross-play between Switch and Xbox One is already enabled.
Gaming

From arcade to simulation, here are the best racing games of all time

From serious sims to carnage-fueled arcade racers to cartoonish animated racers with items galore, we collected racing games of all different stripes from multiple eras of video games. Here are the best.
Gaming

Transform into a tetromino master with our Tetris 99 tips and tricks

Tetris 99 is the latest battle royale game to stir up quite a bit of commotion. The Nintendo Switch Online exclusive adds a few new unexplained quirks to the Tetris formula. We've got you covered with our Tetris 99 tips and tricks.
Gaming

Need to perform a factory reset on your Xbox One console? Here's how to do it

Whether you're upgrading to a One X and giving your old console to a friend, or troubleshooting a technical issue, sometimes your Xbox One needs a clean slate. Here's our quick guide on how to factory reset an Xbox One.
Gaming

Battle royale-style Tetris 99 is the first Nintendo Switch Online-exclusive game

If you want to play online multiplayer on Switch, you'll need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Here's what you need to know about Nintendo Switch Online, from price to features to the awesome library of NES games.
Gaming

The best PUBG weapons to win you that coveted chicken dinner

Which weapons in PUBG are worth the time to scout out and fit with attachments? Which are going to help you become the last player standing? We've got the answers you need in our best PUBG weapons guide.
Gaming

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.
Computing

Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs.