One of the most anticipated officially announced Marvel movies is Doctor Strange. Over the years we've heard lot of casting rumors, and it was recently reported that the studio is looking at directors to bring the sorcerer supreme to the screen. During a recent interview with IGN, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige addressed some of these rumors and also talked about the reaction to the the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer.
He started off by talking about the recent news of the directors saying,
"Well, that article was true that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking… We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That's about it."
As for the casting rumors, there have been a lot of them, but Feige was specifically asked if they reached out to Johnny Depp, which is a rumor I haven't heard in a very long time. This was his reply,
"No, no. When you have a project that's been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, "Oh, I've met with Stan about this! Or I did that!" So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously, the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there's a lot of things that have happened before me, and I've been here 14 years. So that's a long time ago. I don't know if that happened then."
I'm more curious to know if Joseph Gordon-Levitt is still in the running. When asked if they are actively looking for an actor to play the character, he said,
"You know, I would say that we're pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our -- well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you're looking to track our decision-making and how we've done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great. It just depends."
The conversation then moved on to Guardians of the Galaxy and the positive reaction of the trailer,
"Well, I was very pleased with it, because it's still early days for us, as the movie is coalescing and formulating itself in the cutting room, but there are a few things that we would be locked into: the cast, their looks, our use of music and our very unique tone. The fact that that's what that teaser is about and that's what people are embracing, there are a lot of happy people in the offices, that people are into this."
That's all they really talked about. All I can say is that I'm really excited about what Marvel is going to do with Doctor Strange. This is one of my favorite Marvel characters, so I'm hoping it turns out to be one of Marvel's better films.