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Monday, a massive piece of Marvel’s Phase Three fell into place as Robert Downey Jr. joined the cast of Captain America 3. Today, another major piece is continuing to take shape.

Marvel Studio’s Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, is expected to be released July 8, 2016. It’s also expected to shoot in London beginning in 2015. What they’re missing is a star. Joaquin Phoenix was close to signing until that fell through and Marvel found themselves back at square one. Now, the latest name to be rumored for the goatee and cape is Ewan McGregor.

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Joaquin Phoenix Won’t Be ‘Doctor Strange’

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Back to the drawing board. Marvel Studios has been working to sign a deal with Joaquin Phoenix to put the actor in costume as Doctor Strange, but those talks have now ended with no deal made. We first started to hear rumblings of that casting choice over the summer, and there was a point where it seemed like Marvel might even be able to announce Phoenix as Strange at Comic Con. But that never happened, and now months later the talks have ended. With Phoenix out, who will play Doctor Strange?  Read More »

SINISTER

When last we left the role of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, Joaquin Phoenix was in “final talks.” That was in late August, but Marvel has yet to make an official announcement about the casting. So we wait. Now, a new name is in the mix, reportedly contacted after Joaquin Phoenix wouldn’t make things final. That name is Ethan Hawke, the star most recently seen in Boyhood.

Hawke starred in director Scott Derrickson‘s 2012 hit, Sinister, so he has a relationship with the director. He also has that wise gravitas needed for the role. But is this real? We explore the Ethan Hawke Doctor Strange rumor after the jump. Read More »

‘Doctor Strange’ Coming in Summer 2016

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Doctor Strange has been in development for who-even-remembers-how-long at this point, and in just two more years it’ll finally become a reality. A new report indicates that the superhero saga is set for a July 2016 opening, with preparations already underway for a mid-2015 shoot.

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Doctor Strange Joaquin Phoenix

Rumors about who might play Doctor Strange have been swirling for years now, involving everyone from Justin Theroux to Benedict Cumberbatch. But as Phase Three draws near, it’s time for Marvel to zero in on some serious contenders. And today, we’ve heard that their top pick is none other than Joaquin Phoenix. Hit the jump to get the dirt on Doctor Strange Joaquin Phoenix.

Update: Sites such as THR and Deadline are now saying that Phoenix is beyond the offer stage and into actual talks for the role. Phoenix has yet to accept the role, but things are moving forward.

Update 2: On August 28, Collider reports that Phoenix is in final talks for the part.

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Jack Huston in Parade's End

Back in July, it was widely reported that Joaquin Phoenix was in talks for the lead role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. However, nothing’s come of those talks since then, and that means it’s time for another round of Doctor Strange casting rumors.

The latest one is that Jack Huston is now in the running for the role. The Boardwalk Empire star isn’t as famous as some of the other folks who’ve been linked to the part in the past, but that may be exactly why he makes sense. Hit the jump for more on the Jack Huston Doctor Strange rumor.

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Scott Derrickson Dr Strange

25 years ago, Tim Burton showed people how it was done. His Batman, unlike almost every superhero movie that’s been released since, started with the character already in action. It was not an origin story. Sure it briefly explained how Bruce Wayne became Batman, but he’s Batman the entire movie. That’s radically different from Batman Begins, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Man of Steel and even this month’s Guardians of the Galaxy. On almost every occasion, the first superhero movie of a series is an origin story to let the audience know how and why the characters are who they are.

That may be changing, however. According to one source, Marvel Studios doesn’t want to do origin stories anymore and Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, won’t be one. Read More »

This story and podcast was published on May 17th 2012, just after the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at our predictions from 27 months ago to see how things are panning out for phase two and three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the predictions seem obvious in hindsight, like Germain predicting that Thanos wouldn’t be the villain of Avengers 2 and Jeff foreseeing that Thanos’ appearance during the Avengers end credits stinger was probably a set-up for another film, Guardians of the Galaxy. But one must remember this was recorded before a Guardians of the Galaxy movie was even announced, which happened months later at 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Enjoy!

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