Just days after the right-back-where-we-started kerfuffle over the ‘big-screen Wonder Woman will be Kryptonian’ rumors that weren’t actually rumors , the genre entertainment pageview mill is turning again, this time playing musical chairs with the notion Disney is targeting Johnny Depp to headline a Marvel Studios Doctor Strange feature.
Perhaps wanting to get out in front of the next big superhero casting story following Marvel Studios taking everyone (and their ubiquitous “sources”) by surprise with the Michael Douglas Ant-Man announcement , Latino Review commenced the activities by citing a “well-connected source" offering the info that Johnny Depp “has taken a meeting with Marvel to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange,” going on to say the actor is a comic book fan, and is said “to be very interested in jumping onto the Marvel machine.”
Not to be outdone, Variety senior editor Marc Graser then tried to outdo Latino Review, reporting their sources indicate that “such talks have yet to take place and any possibility of such a pairing is premature,” citing Depp’s busy schedule at Disney already, a schedule that includes important-to-Disney sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland. Latino Review, however, reported Disney would “shift” production of Pirates 5 if Depp agreed to star as Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts.
Alternately, however, Variety’s Graser also goes on to explain how a Depp/Disney/Dr. Strange ménage à trois makes perfect sense if Depp were interested in the role, further explaining Marvel Studios Kevin Feige’s long-standing talking-up of the character and how seamlessly he’d fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So where does that all take us? Unless you have a horse in this race, we’re right back where we started, of course.
It was probably only a matter of time before someone got to the Depp/Strange pairing … well, it was only a matter of time before someone else got to it. As we wrote in August of last year :
"…Dr. Strange could be the platform Disney could use within the now Mighty Marvel Movie Machine to branch off into the world of supernatural magic, witchcraft, and wizardry.
"That genre kind of worked out well for Warner Bros. for a number of years, didn’t it?
"And we think Johnny Depp and Disney could put The Lone Ranger behind them by having him bring his star power to the Marvel U. But that’s a discussion for another day."
Apparently, that day has come.