With all the hub-bub today about Robert Downey, Jr. appearing in Captain America 3 and whether it will lead to a superhero civil war in Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe, some of you might have forgotten that we still haven’t had any sort of confirmation on who our Doctor will be! No, not that Doctor. For my money, the only Doctor whose casting counts (and I welcome your hate mail) is Doctor Stephen Strange, Master of the Mystics Arts. But with Walk the Line and The Master’s Joaquin Phoenix officially out of the running for the supernatural superhero, who will Marvel Studios turn its all-seeing amulet toward? Rumor has it that an actor who has some experience playing a wise mystic just might be the one pegged to play Marvel’s defender of reality’s various planes of existence.
According to Badass Digest, a source indicate that young Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor (The Island, Trainspotting) has been getting ready for the role of Marvel Comics’ chief authority on all things magic. This preparing, Badass indicates, is the sort of research actors do for a role; which, in this case, I hope means sticking to the comic book source material and staying away from the direct-to-DVD cartoons or the live-action TV movie from 1978. (Fun fact: That film starred Jessica Walter, who would later go on to portray Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, as Morgan La Fay. Glad nothing else came of that film or else we might have never had the matriarch of the Bluth family.) Anyway, Badass ended with saying that the source indicated that Marvel Studios was “looking at [McGregor].”
Again, this isn’t much to go on, but I could see McGregor owning the role of Stephen Strange a bit more than I could with Joaquin Phoenix. Don’t get me wrong: I love Joaquin, weird crazy nutter that he is, and I find his acting phenomenal. He has range to spare, tacking roles as disparate as Johnny Cash to the lead in Her. However, I feel like McGregor has more experience in these sorts of action roles. I mean, yes, I realize that the role of Doctor Strange isn’t going to be as action-heavy as, say, Thor, but I doubt that Marvel Studios would only have the good Doctor hovering in meditation or holding his hands wonkily as he casts incantations at his enemies. Plus, if McGregor is pursuing the role and gets it, he knows what he’s getting himself into, having already had experience with a big-budget franchise in the Star Wars prequels. And from his turn as the Jedi Master in those films, I know he can pull off the gravitas and dignity needed in any depiction of the Marvel Universe’s Sorcerer Supreme.
What do you think? Is McGregor ready to don the Eye of Agamotto?
[Source: Badass Digest]