Why Did Marvel Pass On ‘Dr. Strange’ With Guillermo Del Toro And Neil Gaiman At The Helm?

11.29.15 2 years ago 12 Comments

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Over the next few years, the blockbuster juggernaut known as Marvel Studios will be reaching deeper and deeper into its catalog of comic book heroes, giving us characters we never thought we’d see on the big screen a mere decade or so ago. Seriously, if you’re one of those people who thought an Iron Man movie would never work, brace yourselves, because the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to get a whole lot weirder.

Among the characters bringing the Weird to Marvel’s movie machine is Doctor Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Comics universe. Strange — a surgeon who, after an accident that damages his hands and prevents him from working, goes in search of a cure and instead finds a world of magic and astral weirdness — will get his own movie next fall, courtesy of director Scott Derrickson (Sinister), with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. It’s an exciting step for Marvel Studios, and a dream come true for many of Strange’s comic book devotees.

Here’s the thing, though: It could’ve happened much sooner, and it could’ve been in the hands of fantasy titans Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods).

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