Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
As more and more news leaks about Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our curious natures take over. Sure Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are all getting new movies, but which characters and Easter Eggs will be included that look ahead to The Avengers 2 and Phase Three? The safe bet would be to look at set photos like these as well as the plots of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, things that have some basis in realtiy. But what’s the fun in that?
It’s more fun to go way out there on a limb, and a new rumor does just that. The rumor is that Dr. Strange will appear in Thor: The Dark World and Marvel wants Viggo Mortensen to play him. Read more after the jump.
According to UTF, ScreenRant and The Playlist (all of which helped contribute to this article) the rumors originated with the Twitter account Roger Wardell, which has been posting dead-on Marvel insider information for some months.
Inside News: Marvel is negotiations with Viggo Mortensen for an unspecified role in one of their Phase 2 films.
— Roger Wardell (@RogerWardell) August 19, 2012
Inside News: There's something "Strange" about Thor: The Dark World
— Roger Wardell (@RogerWardell) August 22, 2012
These tweets were posted independently, but the pairing does make sense. Joel Edgerton had reportedly been discussed to play the part at some point but was too busy to oblige. Mortensen fits that same gruff, alpha-male role and even brings some Oscar cred. He’s also not adverse to doing genre films, as he was one of the leads in the Lord of the Rings movies.
Again – this is all just rumor based off a Twitter account, but it’s fun to speculate. A Dr. Strange movie has been in the works at Marvel for some time and he seems like a good character to introduce in a similar way to Hawkeye, and then bring him in to help The Avengers battle a cosmic threat in The Avengers 2. But how would he fit into The Dark World? His amulet was in Odin’s Throne room after all (as was Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet) and he’s occassionaly crossed paths with the Norse brothers in the comics.
What do you think about this rumor? Is introducing Strange in The Dark World a good start? Would it lead to the Strange movie? Could Mortensen play the role?