Though some might have a difficult time seeing anybody else in the role, Joaquin Phoenix nearly starred in Doctor Strange, but his rejection for the film affected the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s hiring process. The 2016 film noted the appropriate MCU launching of Stephen Strange, an arrogant neurosurgeon that looks to the surprise world of alternating and also magic dimensions in the hopes of healing his hands that were left significantly harmed by a car crash. Strange would certainly discover himself pulled into a fight to keep the world risk-free from the forces of evil as Master of the Mystic Arts Kaecilius tries to open up a website to the Dark Dimension and also welcome Dormammu to prey on the world.
Advancement on a Doctor Strange film languished for over thirty years, with Stan Lee also co-writing a script in the late ’80s while legal rights concerns in between Marvel as well as Warner Bros. as well as other workshops caused various variations being canceled. As Marvel began putting together their interconnected world of films based upon lesser-known personalities, the equipments gradually started turning on bringing Doctor Strange to the big screen, with Sinister’s Scott Derrickson being tapped to guide and also co-write the script with his constant collaborator C. Robert Cargill and Dune’s Jon Spaihts in 2014. Casting would obtain underway soon after that with Marvel, Derrickson as well as Spaihts all visualizing Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange, though another celebrated actor nearly took on the function.
In a recent interview with The Direct, Paul Sarker opened about how Joaquin Phoenix’s Doctor Strange turned down affected the MCU’s hiring process. The former Marvel attorney clarifies that the future Oscar victor had a deal in location for the film that was “rather far along,” but that when he turned down the deal, it altered Marvel’s method to producing long-lasting contracts with celebrities for the MCU. See what Sarker clarified listed below:
To be flawlessly sincere, the Joaquin Phoenix thing was unique to me, because there was a deal as well as due to the fact that it was quite much along. And also we were enthusiastic that it would certainly close, however it really did not. Which occurs. Which to bring it back cycle, points like that may be why Kevin is saying we don’t want to do these extremely long-term offers since we wish to see what jobs and if it works, and also individuals want to do more than we would certainly like to have [them] We don’t desire a person to seem like they’re required.
As Sarker indicates, Phoenix’s Doctor Strange rejection mostly originated from his concerns over there being “a lot of needs” for the character that would influence his efficiency. Recent years have seen Marvel move away from the long-term deals for the actors participants of their projects, with Oscar Isaac significantly only joining to star in Moon Knight, in spite of Kevin Feige’s apparently major prepare for the character in the MCU moving on. Furthermore, as rumors swirl of a brand-new Spider-Man MCU trilogy in growth with Sony, celebrity Tom Holland has validated that the bargain requires an “open conversation” between him as well as the studios of just how he can return as the young webslinger.
He may have transformed down the possibility to star in the MCU, Phoenix’s Doctor Strange rejection wouldn’t keep him completely out of the comic publication film category. Phoenix would score widespread acclaim for his leading turn in Todd Phillips’ Joker, which netted him his initial Oscar win, and also is readied to return for the just recently verified Joker 2, which also has Lady Gaga in talks to star as Harley Quinn. Audiences can review Benedict Cumberbatch’s tenure as Doctor Strange with his numerous MCU jobs streaming on Disney+ currently.