The hunt for someone to replace Edgar Wright as director on Ant-Man continues, but according to Variety, Marvel has found someone to helm its supernatural superhero Doctor Strange: horror maestro Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil, Sinister). Talks are said to still be in the early stages, but Derrickson is Marvel’s top choice to direct the Phase III film and a deal is expected to be reached in short order. Oddly enough, Derrickson kind of looks like the Sorcerer Supreme, so at first blush this feels like a match made in heaven, especially if Marvel is looking to take more of a horror-tinged route with its master mystic.
In the midst of a slew of creative departures from Marvel Studios, it’s nice to hear that some genuine progress is being made on Doctor Strange, longtime passion project of impresario Kevin Feige. First appearing in the 1963 comic Strange Tales, Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon who loses everything after injuring his hands in a car accident (thus ending his surgery career), Stephen Strange travels to the ends of the Earth to seek out the mystical Ancient One in his Tibetan palace. Rather than curing the ailing doctor, he teaches Strange the art of mysticism, grooming him to become the Sorcerer Supreme, Earth’s primary defense against threats magical, mystical, and not of this world. Or, in layman’s terms, he is essentially Marvel’s answer to John Constantine, less the heavy drinking, smoking, and general lasciviousness.
Previously, it was rumored that Johnny Depp was being eyed to don the iconic red cape, but given his intense filming schedule and commitments to other Disney franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, it’s looking less and less likely by the day. Personally, I think Matt Bomer or John Hamm could do justice to the good Doctor, but I’m sure there will be plenty of articles debating just that in the weeks and months ahead. If nothing else, it looks like Derrickson is excited to tackle the strangest part of the Marvel Universe:
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014
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