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Joaquin Phoenix has been circling the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange for a while now, and he was supposedly nearing a deal just before San Diego Comic-Con in July. Late last week, we heard that after some long talks with the studio, the three-time Academy Award nominee was in final negotiations for the role… but a new report suggests that he may be getting cold feet.
Not only is Phoenix reluctant to sign one of those famous multi-film Marvel contracts, but he’s supposedly uncomfortable with the way big-budget blockbusters like this are made and may in fact back out of his talks altogether.
The report comes from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, whose sources tell him that Collider’s report about the final negotiations last week may have been premature. Marvel wanted to get Phoenix to sign on for the role in time to announce it at Comic-Con, »
- James Garcia
Stan Lee’s actual involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is extremely limited, despite being cited as a producer on all the films. However, he is the granddaddy of the Marvel-verse, and still knows a bit of what goes on behind the scenes.
Lee is often asked by fans and reporters about the goings-on at Marvel, and was recently approached at Fan Expo Canada about a Black Widow solo movie. The character has had a role in three Marvel films so far, and actress Scarlet Johansson headlined the successful Luc Besson film Lucy earlier this year; which drastically increased the demand for a Black Widow movie.
Lee weighed in on the possibility of one happening by saying:
“We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward. And the chances are she »
- James Garcia
Last month, we reported that actor Joaquin Phoenix was in negotiations with Marvel Studios to play the title role in Doctor Strange, with a new report emerging this week that the actor is close to finalizing his deal. While he still hasn't signed on the dotted line yet, Badass Digest has a new report about why the negotiations are taking so long.
When we spoke to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige last month, he revealed that they are "close" to casting Doctor Strange, but he also cautioned that an announcement was not "imminent." This new report reveals that Marvel was hoping to bring Joaquin Phoenix onto the Comic-Con stage to announce his casting, but the deal wasn't cemented at the time. While he remains in negotiations, this new report reveals that the actor hasn't signed on yet simply because he isn't sure if he can work in the superhero genre. »
Last week, Collider broke the news that Joaquin Phoenix is (still? again?) in final talks to play Doctor Strange for Marvel. Other movie scoopers immediately objected, saying that the deal was unlikely because Phoenix had serious objections to signing the long term contract Marvel requires (generally nine films, with at least two exceptions). Badass Digest has reported that Phoenix’s reservations go much deeper.
First of all, they report that Marvel planned to unveil the casting at San Diego Comic-Con, exactly the way they announced Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. Sources have told them that although Marvel did their best, they could not make the deal in time. Which is obvious, since six or so weeks later we still don’t have any official word on the role.
Next they make a claim that sounds pretty credible: Phoenix isn’t sure he is capable of working on a Marvel movie. »
- Mily Dunbar
There have been numerous reports that Marvel is in active talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play the lead role in the studio's upcoming "Doctor Strange" film. Now comes word that the actor may pass on the offer. According to BadassDigest, Phoenix is interested, but isn't convinced that he can take the role. Not only will it require lots of green screen work, but he'll have to sign a long multi-picture deal. Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing "Doctor Strange," which is set to hit theaters on July 8th, 2016. »
As Marvel’s blockbuster franchise-starter Guardians of the Galaxy wins the Labor Day weekend box office to become the highest-grossing stateside release of 2014 – thereby strengthening the prospects for such risky non-sequels as the upcoming Ant-Man - yet another Marvel property with similarly dubious potential for success continues to search for a leading man. Last we heard, Doctor Strange could see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) sign on to play the surgeon-turned-sorceror in short order.
However, despite Phoenix’s supposedly imminent casting, Boardwalk Empire star Jack Huston was recently rumored to be in the running as well. This follows a slew of other high-profile names (Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto) tossed around as possible candidates, but with the report of ...
- Anthony Vieira
Though rumored to be starring in the title role in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" back in July, reports of Joaquin Phoenix playing the role heated up again this week as it was reported that actor was in the final stages of making a deal but hadn't yet signed.
In fact there's been some quite obvious signs of reticence on Phoenix's part, and it seems to go beyond both compensation and contractual length issues. Badass Digest appears to have a bit more of an explanation.
The site says Marvel Studios had hoped to sign Phoenix in time to announce him during their panel at Comic-Con last month, but they couldn't close the deal. In fact, not much has changed since then. Things are almost there but there's a personal issue stopping Phoenix playing the Sorcerer Supreme:
"[The] problems that have kept the deal from closing remain, and they go beyond the basic fact »
- Garth Franklin
A few days ago we reported that after a long negotiation process, Joaquin Phoenix was finalizing his talks with Marvel Studios to take the lead role in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. However, new reports have surfaced suggesting that Phoenix may in fact be reluctant to sign a Marvel contract and may back out of talks altogether.
According to Badass Digest, Marvel hoped to get Phoenix to sign on the dotted line before San Diego Comic-Con last month, and are still having trouble with getting him to commit to the project. We originally cited that Phoenix was worried about signing one of Marvel’s multi-picture deals, in fear that it would disrupt the creative freedom he so enjoys and keep him from doing other projects. However, there may be more to it than just that:
“The problems that have kept the deal from closing remain, and they go beyond the »
- James Garcia
Contrary to recent reports, many just can't see Joaquin Phoenix - who apparently passed on the Lex Luthor role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - starring in Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios. He first became what sounded like a frontrunner for the Scott Derrickson helmed movie during Comic-Con, and it appeared as if he would be announced at the event just like Mark Ruffalo was for The Avengers a few years ago. That obviously didn't happen, but according to Badass Digest (via IGN), that was the plan! The site goes on to add that, "That weekend a Marvel Studios insider told me they had tried their hardest, that they had pushed as hard as they could, but they couldn't close the deal in time." They also confirm Collider's claims that he's still in talks, but caution: "[The] problems that have kept the deal from closing remain, and they go »
(Cbr) Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to be in final negotiations for the lead role in "Doctor Strange." Collider reports that three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is currently in final negotiations to star in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" film. Phoenix was rumored to be in negotiations for the role as recently as July, but this is the first report of a deal getting to the final stages for the starring role of the upcoming Marvel film. His previous credits include "Gladiator," "Walk the Line," "Her," "The Master" and more -- he was also approached by Warner Bros. to play Lex Luthor in "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice." The character was teased as recently as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," when Agent Jasper Sitwell called out "Stephen Strange" as one of the people of interest that Hydra might target to preemptively strike out at. When discussing the call-out with Cbr News in April, »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
Marvel Studios is expected to officially announce the casting of its Sorcerer Supreme shortly, according to Collider.
The Master star was reported to be in line for the movie at San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Scott Derrickson is directing the comic book adaptation, which centres around the proud-surgeon-turned-mystical-protector.
Marvel is reported to be moving away from origin films and launching directly into the story of Doctor Stephen Strange in the movie.
Marvel is yet to announce which of its earmarked release dates will be put aside for Doctor Strange. »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a rapidly expanding entity that evolves and deepens with each successive entry the mega-franchise receives. After two fantastic Marvel Studios productions earlier this year, fans and general moviegoers can rest assured that the on-going series will continue to thrive and flourish for many years to come. Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy successfully demonstrated (once again) that the studio can consistently produce original material, that stands out against the fierce competition.
With that in mind, audiences are frequently looking ahead to what Marvel have in store for us next year and beyond with their future ‘phase 3′ releases that are currently lined up. Doctor Strange is an adaptation that has been name-dropped several times in the past by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. However, it is only recently that the film has finally started showing signs of life after spending years as »
- Ben Read
The three-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master has been mentioned before as one of the contenders for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, but Collider reported today that Phoenix is in final talks and sources close to the film confirm to EW he is their top choice for the role.
Marvel did not immediately respond to request for official comment, but studio president Kevin Feige has long talked »
- Anthony Breznican
We reported just over a month ago that Joaquin Phoenix had entered negotiations to play Doctor Steven Strange, but the fact that his deal still hasn't been finalized lead to a number of other casting rumors, including this week's report that Jack Huston is in contention for the coveted role. However, Collider reveals there is no truth to Jack Huston being in contention, since Joaquin Phoenix is very close to signing on.
It isn't known how many movies Joaquin Phoenix is signing on for, since most actors in Marvel Studios movies typically sign on for multiple movies at once. For instance, Samuel L. Jackson signed on for nine movies, while Chris Evans' deal is for six films. The site speculates that the deal is taking a long »
Last month it was reported that three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was at the top of Marvel’s wishlist for Doctor Strange, and that he was in negotiations with the studio. Now Collider is reporting that those talks are about to be concluded, and that Phoenix is in final negotiations for the title role.
“Despite rumors to the contrary, we’re hearing that Phoenix is absolutely still in line to play Doctor Strange in the Marvel adaptation, with our source telling us that his contract is essentially at the 1 yard line, about to pass into the endzone. Though some believed the length of time it’s taken for Phoenix to finalized his deal was »
- James Garcia
Earlier today, Collider editor Frosty teased that his site had a big scoop to drop today, and here it is: Joaquin Phoenix is in final talks to play the title role in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie, slated for release on July 8, 2016 with Scott Derrickson at the helm. Rumors have been swirling around the project for months, touching on everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to, most recently, Jack Huston. In July there were reports that Phoenix was in the running, but that died down when there was no casting announcement at Comic-Con (Some people thought Cumberbatch’s attendance was evidence that he had been selected, but again, no dice).
Interestingly, Collider’s post sparked a Twitter war among the sites that trade in these secrets, with Latino Review’s El Mayimbe the most stridently in opposition, going so far as tweeting a screen grab of a text from a source, »
- Mily Dunbar
It looks like the search for Marvel’s Doctor Strange may be coming to a close, as Collider reports that Joaquin Phoenix – who was first rumored to be in contention for the role last month – is in final negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme.
“Despite rumors to the contrary, we’re hearing that Phoenix is absolutely still in line to play Doctor Strange in the Marvel adaptation, with our source telling us that his contract is essentially at the 1 yard line, about to pass into the endzone.”
The site also notes that it’s taken a while for Phoenix’s negotiations with the studio to finalize, mainly because the actor doesn’t want his Marvel contract to restrict his »
- James Garcia
Now that The Avengers have assembled on the big screen, everyone is very familiar with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. But those aren't even the original Avengers, and they're not going to always be the superheroes who assemble to save the world. As Marvel continues to broaden their cinematic universe, they're introducing new characters who will replace the original team eventually. But the question is just who will step up to join the team? Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are on the way, but that's only two people. Well, a new rumor says we might find out next year who else might enter the superhero assembly mix by way of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read on! **Minor Spoilers from here on out regarding The Avengers: Age of Ultron** Badass Digest reports that at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, we'll see »
- Ethan Anderton
Recent weeks have proven fruitless in terms of an official announcement from the studio, with a rumour surfacing in the past couple of days that Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) is circling the role. But rumours being rumours, especially when it comes to comic book movies, you have to take things with a pinch of salt.
And whilst the same goes for this latest news, the source is much more reliable, with a source close to the project describing Joaquin Phoenix as being very close to signing a contract to take the lead as Steven Strange, better known as Doctor Strange.
The character was of course name-dropped in the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier this year when »
- Kenji Lloyd
At San Diego Comic-Con last month, Marvel Studios held back on announcing any upcoming projects outside of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 despite having – at the time – just added six release dates for untitled theatrical releases. It was strange but perhaps not when considering that rival comic book movie studios Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. also opted out of unveiling their future plans.
Given that Doctor Strange still didn’t have a date despite Scott Derrickson being officially attached to direct and Jon Spaihts brought in as a new writer, it seemed the most likely to show up in some capacity at the convention, even it it was just a title card and confirmed release date. We know ...
- Rob Keyes
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