Home Entertainment By the crimson bands of Tim Burton, is Johnny Depp the next sorceror supreme in DR STRANGE?

By the crimson bands of Tim Burton, is Johnny Depp the next sorceror supreme in DR STRANGE?

1 min read
18

doc strange

It used to be that comic book movies would attract talent that had seen better days, only for those actors to get a surge of popularity that reignited their careers. These days though? Those films are attracting the cream of the acting crop.

Well, button down your eye of Agamotto, because the Phase 3 movie, Doctor Strange, may have just attracted a massive catch in the form of Johnny Depp.

According to Latino Review, who have a solid record with this kind of thing, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is being talked to about donning the red cape of the Sorcerer Supreme for a film that will follow after the Avengers: Age of Ultron, once Iron Man is no longer the star of that cinematic universe.

As much a fan as I am of Depp and his acting, my only concern here is longevity. Such roles are rigorous work, and you need a young actor for the role. And granted, Depp doesn’t look his age of 50 thanks to Hollywood magic, but you need an actor who is committed to the role for several sequels and tie-ins, especially with the Marvel phase films. What Depp brings to the table however, is star power for a character that isn’t as widely recognised as Spider-Man or Iron Man.

Combined with a rumoured strong script that dips further into the mysticism well of those comic book properties, and Doctor Strange could be the new breakout success of Marvel movies. If Depp is chosen, let’s hope that he’s in it for the long run.

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

18 Comments

  1. I know very little about Dr Strange, would be nice to learn more ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      January 14, 2014 at 14:58

      I’ve er… streamed some from Netflix? *cough*

      Reply

      • RinceThis2014

        January 14, 2014 at 15:06

        Will have to borrow them.. Oh, you can’t borrow streaming? I never knew that 0-O Also, if Depp paints his face white again I am not interested…

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          January 14, 2014 at 15:09

          I think if you tip the hard drive some of the data pours out. I don’t know, I’m not very technically inclined.

          Reply

    • Kervyn Cloete

      January 14, 2014 at 15:06

      There’s actually not that much complex backstory to Strange, which could be a huge selling point. Essentially, he’s an arrogant, money hungry, world class neurosurgeon, who loses the ability to perform surgery after his hands are damaged in a drunk driving car accident. Desperate to reclaim his former life he starts researching ways to fix his hands, including searching the mystic arts all over the world.
      After bankrupting himself looking for a cure to no avail, he meets an old hermit named the Ancient One in the Himalayas who is actually the Sorceror Supreme, the greatest magician on Earth. The Ancient One can heal him, but refuses due to Strange’s arrogance.
      Sensing that he has a good side though after Strange stops the Ancient One’s apprentice, Mordo, from killing him, the Ancient One decides to rather take Strange under his wing and in so doing teaches him not just humility and respect for all life, but also a whole lot of badass magic, which he used to keep the Earth safe from all kinds of supernatural nasties, even becoming an occasional Avenger eventually.
      Eventually, when the Hermit passed away, the title of Sorceror Supreme and all the magical gifts that come with it, was bestowed on Strange.

      Reply

      • RinceThis2014

        January 14, 2014 at 15:08

        Sounds like Stark ๐Ÿ™‚

        Reply

        • Kervyn Cloete

          January 14, 2014 at 15:20

          Yeah, he has a pretty standard origin story. What made him stand out was the heavy mystical slant of his adventures, which often got pretty dark.

          Reply

          • RinceThis2014

            January 14, 2014 at 15:22

            Yeah. I see he spends most of his time traversing different realms. Nice to have something like that I think!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        January 14, 2014 at 15:35

        I wonder if they’re going to go with magic, or resort to it being some kind of techno-babble. They haven’t hinted at the supernatural before that I can recall.

        Reply

        • Kervyn Cloete

          January 14, 2014 at 15:51

          That is a good question. Thor was supposed to be the intro to the supernatural, and although there are some hints of it, there’s also the argument that its just really, really advanced tech.

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            January 14, 2014 at 16:00

            That’s the way I saw it. I’m guessing there would have been a massive outcry if they presented him as an actual god instead of an alien.

          • DarthofZA

            January 14, 2014 at 16:35

            But he isn’t an actual god in the comics, so there would of been an outcry, from the fans!

          • Kervyn Cloete

            January 14, 2014 at 16:48

            Thor is a full on god in the comics. How Marvel cleverly got around it in the movies is by saying that he has godlike abilities, and he’s worshiped as a god by many, including the Nordic people of Earth, but he’s not actually a god, just a member of a race of beings from another realm who have set themselves up as protectors of all the realms. Like gods. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • DarthofZA

            January 15, 2014 at 08:36

            No, in the comics he is often referred to as a god, and the people of earth think of him as a god, and the asgardians are so vain they think they are gods, but they are not. They’re another race of people that are super powerful that live in another realm. They may have god-like powers, but the asgardians are not technically gods. Marvel has many races that are as powerful, and several much more powerful, than the asgardians.

          • Kervyn Cloete

            January 15, 2014 at 12:19

            Nope. Thor is definitely a full-on god in the comics (at least in the Marvel 616 universe, to a slightly lesser extent in the Marvel Ultimate Universe). He’s part of an entire pantheon, they have their own creation myth, etc. In fact the most recent iteration of the comic under writer Jason Aaron has been all about reaffirming Thor’s godhood.

  2. KingKappie

    January 14, 2014 at 14:26

    well to think of it he will fit in

    Reply

  3. Kervyn Cloete

    January 14, 2014 at 14:55

    As long as he stays off those Jack Sparrow crazy pills he’s been popping for the last few years, this could work really well.

    Reply

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    January 14, 2014 at 14:55

    I hope he doesn’t go all campy.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Mads Mikkelsen: It would be “creative suicide” to copy Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3

Expect something very different to what Johnny Depp brought to the role of Grindelwald whe…