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Old 01-14-14, 09:03 AM   #1
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Future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects discussion thread - News, rumors, etc.

I tried finding a thread for Dr. Strange... I thought there was one, maybe it was only discussed. Lets keep a thread running for all rumors regard they MCU. Once the film is announced, we can start an individual thread.

Here is some interesting casting info:

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Those of you that follow me on Twitter (@LatinoReviewMFR) know that Iíve been teasing all night about a scoop regarding Marvel. Well, itís now time to open up the bag and show you all my first big kill:

A well-connected source informed me tonight that Johnny Depp has taken a meeting with Marvel to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange.

The 50-year-old actor is a comic book fan, and is said to be very interested in jumping onto the Marvel machine. Johnny Depp also happens to have a very fruitful relationship with Marvelís owner, Disney. It was the mouse house, after all, that took a gamble when it gave the eccentric actor his first leading role in a summer tentpole, Pirates of The Caribbean, and that franchise went on to earn billions (yes, with a ďbĒ) for the studio. He also made them a mint with their live-action Alice in Wonderland film.

While they have Depp on the hook for another Pirates film, it is believed they would shift that production around if he does agree to sign on the dotted line for Marvel.

As you can tell, Marvel is in the megastar business and, despite Lone Ranger, Depp is still one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Heís a household name thatís known by kids, teens, and their parents. On Monday, it was announced that Hollywood royalty Michael Douglas was cast as Hank Pym in Ant-Man, and- assuming they can work out the details- an announcement about Depp could be forthcoming.

Of note, if Johnny Depp does decide to don the cape, it would involve a bit of a script overhaul. I spoke to El Mayimbe, and he was quick to note that the original script had a 30-year-old Dr. Strange. He has an intimate knowledge of the script (you can check out his in-depth analysis HERE and HERE), but he agrees with me that Marvel wouldnít hesitate to alter things if it meant signing a star on the level of Johnny Depp.

To be clear, this would have no bearing on Marvelís Phase 2 plans, or The Avengers: Age of Ultron. This is strictly Phase 3 stuff, with Marvel initially eyeing 2016 as the year to unleash Dr. Strange on mainstream audiences. So if it happens, the soonest weíd likely see Depp is in a post-credits sequence in Ultron.

Also thought Iíd mention that my source, when it was mentioned how Depp has been a fanboy casting favorite for Strange for quite some time, implied that that may be one of the elements that brought the two sides together.

As always, though, let me remind you that this is Hollywood. Plans change. Offers expire. Negotiations stall. So while Depp has met with Marvel, and both sides want this to work, it doesnít mean it will.

Keep an eye on this space as I get my hands on more details, and letís see if these two giants of the industry actually come to terms and make a deal, or if it falls apart in a back room somewhere.
Also after Ant-Man... the next slate of films are due out May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017.

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Old 01-14-14, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects - Rumors, casting, etc.

Seems interesting, but I'm not sure I can trust Depp anymore. He plays the same "character" in every movie. I don't want a Jack Sparrow version of Dr. Strange.
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Re: Future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects - Rumors, casting, etc.

No offense but do we really need a topic like this? Why not just make a thread for the film project?
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No offense but do we really need a topic like this? Why not just make a thread for the film project?
I thought it would be a better idea than opening multiple different threads on rumors, like Vin Diesel has a secret with Marvel!, Katee Sackoff may play Ms. Marvel!, will we get a {fill in the blank hero} movie?!?!, etc. etc.

If nobody likes the idea, I'll get rid of it.
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I like it. I saw the news last night and was trying to think of where to put it without creating an entire Dr. Strange thread based off a rumor.
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I get what you're saying.

We should probably get a Strange thread though. We know they want to make him the next big thing.
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Old 01-14-14, 09:48 AM   #7
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Re: Future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects - Rumors, casting, etc.

I like it and I'm not nobody!

Also, I pretty much don't know a thing about Dr. Strange. I wonder if the general public knows him much at all, except for that beautiful cape and mustache combo.

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Old 01-14-14, 09:52 AM   #8
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Also... just so its referenced...
Katee Sackhoff hints at Ms. Marvel role: http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/katee-sac...164800479.html
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Old 01-14-14, 10:28 AM   #9
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I like it and I'm not nobody!

Also, I pretty much don't know a thing about Dr. Strange. I wonder if the general public knows him much at all, except for that beautiful cape and mustache combo.

Unfortunately the costume, which I personally love the operatic design of, will likely be among the first things to be jettisoned for a more 'relatable' set of duds in a desperate attempt to not alienate the alpha crowd whose mocking derision could keep everyone, save for the die-hard nerds, away.

Not sure how I feel about Depp. I've long thought he was over exposed and I usually avoid anything he is in now. OTOH, of all the bankable actors out there (Viggo is not bankable) he doesn't seem that far off base. I would prefer someone else , but I'll try to keep an open mind.

FWIW, Dr Strange is one property I'm very excited to see on the big screen. Lot of potential with this property to deliver something fresh that we've haven't seen yet in a 'superhero' movie (I haven't seen Constantine though...there may be some overlap in the execution of that one)
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Old 01-14-14, 10:37 AM   #10
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Well Depp should be good for a guy named Strange. He should play him as Sparrow playing Strange.
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Also... just so its referenced...
Katee Sackhoff hints at Ms. Marvel role: http://uk.movies.yahoo.com/katee-sac...164800479.html
There was a thread with some discussion surrounding this article.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/movie-talk/...rvel-role.html

But you are the mod, if you want to keep all of that discussion in here that is fine.
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Old 01-14-14, 11:39 AM   #12
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Re: Future Marvel Cinematic Universe projects - Rumors, casting, etc.

I know there was a thread for it. I just figured it would be a good idea to start one where rumors could go. We don't know the slate of Phase 3 films... so until we do I thought 1 thread for discussion on this would be a good idea? There seemed to be a lot of discussion on potential projects, but no real place to put it. As I said...if there's a general consensus of disagreement I'll trash it. No big deal.

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Old 01-14-14, 06:31 PM   #13
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Never mind.....

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Everybody Steps Down From Johnny Depp Doctor Strange Claims, Film Back On Drawing Board

Ok, that didnít take long.

It makes sense that such a bombshell claim would get film reporters all over LA on the case, and so they have, and have come back with this conclusion: Johnny Depp will probably not star as the titular Doctor Strange in a planned Marvel movie.

He did have a meeting, yes, but Deadline says it took place a while ago and went nowhere. Meanwhile, Variety have walked back their previous ďearly talksĒ reporting, on which so much of this excitement stemmed and, according to The Hollywood Reporterís Borys Kit, the studio is having an entirely new script written.


So this is either a bummer or a dodged bullet, depending on your perspective (Iíll be breathing a sigh of relief over here).

Coming soon for Depp will be the sequel to 2010′s Alice in Wonderland. Brendonís still digging into some stories on that one, but he has told me:

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Time as a villain certainly fits in with our previous scoop that the film will see younger versions of both Alice and the Mad Hatter as well.

And Deppís certainly not hurting for other projects. Deadline also reports Depp is back at the negotiating table to play iconic mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, and that Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper is in talks to direct it. Deppís initial contract talks to star in the film fell apart last year, allegedly over money.

So I suppose the door isnít totally closed for him to play Doctor Strange one day, even if the current talks amounted to nothing. And in the meantime, plenty of other projects to look forward to for the Depp fans out there.
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First movie for phase 4 is announced:

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Viggo Mortensen would be good but he's too good an actor.
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I was not a fan of the Depp as Strange idea, so I'm glad that's not going forward.

As for the costume, I think Paul confused Marvel for DC there for a minute.
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Depp already played Dr. Strange in many movies.

No need for more.
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The less Depp, the better.
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Who knows if this is actually true, but Jon Hamm, anyone?

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Itís no secret that Doctor Strange is going to be a key component for Marvel Studios going forward into future Phases of their Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, has made no attempts to hide his love for the character and has remarked that a DOCTOR STRANGE movie is something theyíre looking to get going sooner rather than later as the MCU continues to expand. While it hasnít been confirmed yet by Marvel, DOCTOR STRANGE will be introduced in Phase Three of the MCU, and will be positioned as the centerpiece going forward, as things begin to transition away from Robert Downey Jr.ís Tony Stark/Iron Man.

It wasnít too long ago that RDJ struck a two-picture deal with Marvel to return for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and whatever THE AVENGERS 3 is going to be called, being used more as a special attraction for these big assemblies of superheroes every couple of years than as a solo act. So who is set to fill that void and become the next big breakout character? Itís not going to be Thor, who is heading into what would be the final chapter of a trilogy, nor Captain America, who is on a similar timeline. No, with a need for fresh character blood in the MCU, itís lining up to be Doctor Strange.

And for all the conjecture thatís been thrown out about whoíd be a good fit in the role, all the jockeying for inclusion in the blossoming MCU by actors and their representation and all the non-stories about meetings that went nowhere, our sources indicate to us that the guy Marvel has set up to play Doctor Stephen Strange is none other than JON HAMM.

Thatís rightÖ the man weíve come to know as MAD MENís Don Draper has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts.

Look at the top of most ďWho Should Play Doctor Strange?Ē lists, and youíll find Hammís name prominently displayed as the right match for the role, an opinion Marvel shares as well. There are still reservations about Hamm fronting such a big piece of Marvelís future, but those nerves seem to surround every choice Marvel makes for their leads until their respective films are in production and things settle in nicely.

Most of the issues seem to be with Hammís age (42), but letís remember that Robert Downey Jr. was right around the same age when IRON MAN was released theatrically, and that worked out well for everyone involved. DOCTOR STRANGE had originally been written for a younger actor in the lead, but thereís nothing in the early drafts of the script that couldnít be altered to accommodate Hamm. Needless to say, itís not a deal-breaker.

Hammís calendar is letting up at the perfect time with his time on MAD MEN coming to an end, with AMC running the first half of the showís final season this year with the series wrapping up completely by 2015, and for all the talk of Hamm being the best choice for a number of superhero roles that have come up in recent years from Superman to Batman, fans can finally get excited that heís a match for one that is about to become very important.

Johnny Depp was never a serious candidate for the role and neither was Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose name seems to be linked with anything Marvel that comes down the pipeline and had been floated around online in recent months as being a DOCTOR STRANGE possibility. Patrick Dempsey, who had made public his desire to get a shot at the role, was under consideration for a quick second before Marvel moved onto other possibilities, but the other actor who seemed to make a real run at landing the titular role in DOCTOR STRANGE was JUSTIFIEDís Timothy Olyphant. The decision-makers over at Marvel were really high on Olyphant, who Iím told finished a close second in the running and could be called upon with the quickness if anything fell through before Marvel makes their official announcement; they just happened to be even higher on Hamm, which is how he ended up being the guy.

Requests from comment from Marvel, Hamm, Olyphant and Dempsey were all met with silence, as to be expected, and the denials may start rolling in in no time, but, as one insider remarked to me as we worked hard to nail down this story, ďI donít betÖ but, if I did, Iíd make a lot of money if I wagered on Jon Hamm.Ē Could something change between now and when Marvel makes this official? Of course. This is Hollywood weíre talking about, but, based on what we know, Iím very confident in the fact that from now on, when you see Jon Hamm, youíll be taking a good look at Doctor Stephen Strange.
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Interesting to see that they are planning on shifting focus away from Iron Man to Dr. Strange. It would add some real weight to these films if they could kill major characters off when actors are ready to move on. The Marvel films put a ton of emphasis on continuity and recasting major roles like Iron Man would just be awkward. I would applaud them for killing the characters off to make it more dramatic... that is if they can refrain from bringing the characters back in a spin off TV show..
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The Marvel films put a ton of emphasis on continuity and recasting major roles like Iron Man would just be awkward.
They have already recast both James Rhodes and Bruce Banner.
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I don't think Marvel cares at all about actor continuity, if that means they can keep their budgets down. RDJ got to stick around because his appearance as Iron Man in a film meant hundreds of millions in box office revenue.

I'm glad Depp won't be Strange, bringing him into the role would necessitate a very middle-of-the-road, mainstream approach. As someone else said, they will jettison his familiar look.
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They have already recast both James Rhodes and Bruce Banner.
Neither actor owned their role like RDJ did with Tony Stark, and Rhodes definitely isn't a major character. Do you think Marvel will have anybody else playing Stark anytime soon?
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Neither actor owned their role like RDJ did with Tony Stark, and Rhodes definitely isn't a major character. Do you think Marvel will have anybody else playing Stark anytime soon?
Yes. Iron Man is no different than James Bond, Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man. Once RDJ says he's done, Marvel will get someone else. Its not like Marvel is just going to quit using Iron Man just because RDJ calls it quits. That's dumb, like throwing money in the trash. As long as Iron Man continues to sell, he will continue on with or without RDJ.
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