With Joaquin Phoenix saying no the role of Doctor Strange with Marvel, it leaves a big role in the ever changing Marvel universe open for another actor to jump on. But could a few big names possibly wear the cape for the studio?
Cinema Blend speculated last week on a few names that they would love to see given the shot to take on the role of Steven Strange due to the past experience and familiarity with franchises. They included James Franco, Johnny Depp and Matthew Goode.
Franco would definitely fit the weird bill that Marvel is trying to achieve with whomever they cast in the role and is no stranger to franchises after playing Harry Osborn in the original Spider-Man trilogy with Sam Raimi. The only problem is that the actor is constantly busy and tying him down for six films would be difficult.
Depp is an interesting name, and one that was originally linked to the role when it was first mentioned in Captain America; The Winter Soldier and even before. He is no stranger to franchises, especially with Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland for Disney, but has also struck out with his roles of late.
With him playing Doctor Strange, it would allow Depp to try and re-capture his magic (pun intended) with franchises and give yet another crazy, weird character to the world that clearly loves to see it. The only issue with him is money, and paying actors a lot up front isn't really what Marvel likes to do.
Goode is a smaller name, but is no stranger to superhero movies as he played a part in Zack Snyder's Watchmen. He also has a strong record with acting, with his role in last year's Stoker gaining him some acclaim. He would be the most attainable of the group, and would be a perfect face to start a franchise with.
Doctor Strange is set to open in theaters in July 2017.