Rumor: Marvel and Johnny Depp Met About DOCTOR STRANGE [Updated]

     January 13, 2014


Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says a Doctor Strange movie is “next up” for the post-2015 Marvel releases.  While Marvel may have definite plans for Doctor Strange (and all their releases through 2021), they haven’t announced any to us, so we must subsist on Strange rumors.

Tonight’s rumor: Latino Review reports Marvel has had a meeting with Johnny Depp to take on the title role.  The report doesn’t bother to mention that time Latino Review reported Marvel’s desire to cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  So feel free to imagine Depp as Doctor Strange, and note the flexibility at the studio in purportedly considering Gordon-Levitt (32) and Depp (50), but don’t count on it.  Wait for more concrete details.  They will come.  Hit the jump for a brief bio of the Marvel character. [Update: Variety confirms that Depp is being considered for the role, but discussions have yet to take place and the actor may not even have room in his schedule for the Marvel pic.]


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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