Will 'Thor: The Dark World' Feature Viggo Mortensen as Dr. Strange?Jacob Hall |
Consider this rumor, albeit a very exciting rumor for superhero movie fans. A handful of sources have suggested that Dr. Strange, the Marvel Universe's magic wielding "Sorcerer Supreme," will be introduced in the about-to-shoot 'Thor: The Dark World' and could be played by the one and only Viggo Mortensen.
It's scenario straight out of the Marvel playbook, which lends this scenario a great deal of credibility. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury was introduced in 'Iron Man,' Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow was introduced in 'Iron Man 2' and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye made a cameo in 'Thor,' allowing all three of them to be established prior to taking on larger roles in 'The Avengers.' We've been hearing rumblings about a Dr. Strange movie for some time now and there is no better way to test the waters for this character than slipping him into a "substantial role" for the 'Thor' sequel.
But what about Mortensen? A separate rumor suggested that the Oscar nominated actor was in negotiations for an "unspecified role" in the Marvel's Phase 2 films and the internet went ahead and linked the two of them. And why not? Mortensen is perfect for the role (and he's certainly a more physically appropriate choice than Joel Edgerton, who was supposedly Marvel's first choice) and he fits Marvel's usual casting bill: a good-looking and well-liked actor that will look really good standing alongside the entire Avengers line-up.
Still, being "in negotiations" doesn't mean anything and despite being a geek icon for his work in the 'Lord of the Rings' films, Mortensen has never pursued a movie star career. Would he even be interested in committing to the massive multi-film contract that comes with a role in the Marvel movie universe?
After men in powerful armor suits, super soldiers and Norse gods, are audiences ready for a Marvel superhero who leaves all pretense of science fiction in the dust and goes full-on fantasy (even 'Thor' held back a bit on this)? They should: Dr. Strange is one of the coolest characters in all of Marvel. What do you think?