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One of the biggest movie rumors so far this week is the possibility of Johnny Depp starring in a Doctor Strange movie from Marvel.
While nothing has been confirmed, the likelihood of Depp starring in a Marvel Studios film should not go overlooked. Depp, known for his roles in Disney live action films (Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, and The Lone Ranger, to name a few), would make perfect sense for a Marvel character; seeing as Marvel has been owned by Disney since 2009.
While sources have told Latino Review (known for being hit or miss with rumors) that Depp is in very early talks for the role as Doctor Strange, again, nothing has been confirmed. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has also recently confirmed that Doctor Strange is likely to be an upcoming character introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Now, the question isn’t whether or not Johnny Depp would like to take on a character like Doctor Strange, but rather would he be able to. He is currently tied to a fifth installment to the Pirates of the Caribbean series, set for a 2016 release, as well as a sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, also slated for that year.
This means that Depp would be filming both of those in 2014 and 2015, and would not be available to shoot a film as a leading man until at least 2016. If Marvel and Depp do reach an agreement, a Doctor Strange movie could find a 2017 release; one of the final films of the MCU’s “Phase 3” before Avengers 3, expected in 2018.
It seems inevitable that Disney and Marvel would want the famous character actor to at least make an appearance in a future Marvel Studios film. However, I would actually find more interest, at least in this case, to see Benedict Cumberbatch play Doctor Strange.
What do you think? Is Depp a good choice for Strange or should Marvel keep searching for actors?
Written by Josh Sazin on January 14th, 2014, with a link to Latino Review