Might Pixar Animate Marvel’s DR. STRANGE?

     September 9, 2010


Ever since Disney bought Marvel just over a year ago, the thought of a Pixar/Marvel union has been on our minds.  Disney has demonstrated an eagerness to spread the Pixar influence throughout their development slate, siccing key creatives on Tron: Legacy and The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made.  And you know, Disney and Marvel have begun work on their first in-house collaboration, Doctor Strange.  Any chance Pixar could get in on that action?

Well, maybe.  So says comic artist Brendan McCarthy, who recently teamed Stephen Strange, M.D. with Peter Parker for a limited series titled Spider-Man: Fever.  Read his comments after the jump.

McCarthy told Bad Librarianship [via Cinema Blend]:

“Curiously enough, I was over in Hollywood earlier this year mooching about, and I had a meeting at Disney and the conversation drifted around to Pixar animating a Dr. Strange movie… Now, wouldn’t that be nice.”

On the one hand, it sounds more like a pipe dream or cursory discussion, rather than anything substantial.  On the other hand, it’s a rule of mine to always trust people named Brendan.  (We’re a virtuous folk.)

So read into this item as much as you’d like, knowing that Pixar appears to be (at the very least) actively exploring Marvel properties.

dr_strange_comic_book_cover_01A brief bio for Dr. Strange:

Circa 1963, [Dr. Stephen Strange] was in a car accident that severely damaged the nerves in his hands, ending his surgical career. Too vain to accept positions as a consultant or assistant, Strange sought a cure and pursued every available treatment, legitimate or not, soon depleting his fortune; in months he was reduced to a derelict, performing shady medical procedures that barely paid his bar tabs. After hearing rumors of the mystical Ancient One, a desperate Strange pawned his last possessions for a ticket to the East and found the Ancient One’s Tibetan palace. At first annoyed when the Ancient One refused to cure him, Strange was later astonished to see the sorcerer attacked by mystic forces. Upon learning that the Ancient One was Earth’s magical defender and that the attack on him came from his pupil Mordo, Strange tried to warn him, but Mordo mystically prevented Strange from doing so. For the sake of the Ancient One and the world, Strange acted unselfishly for the first time in years, vowing to learn magic himself so he could counter Mordo and his ilk. He offered himself as a disciple to the Ancient One, who accepted, having known of Mordo’s treachery all along. The Ancient One spent years instructing Strange in the art of sorcery, teaching him how to tap the innate mystic powers of both himself and the world around him, as well as how to invoke the power of awesome entities, or Principalities, who resided in their own realms, most notably the three benign beings known as the Vishanti. [Marvel]


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