Joaquin Phoenix Might Be Marvel’s Doctor Strange (& I Have Zero Problems With That)

By Kamela Johnston

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As you’re probably aware, Marvel has its movie franchises mapped out for the next 1000 years, give or take. Personally, this fills me with a sense of well-being; content in the knowledge that I’ve no need to worry about my entertainment future because Marvel will fill my lifetime with fun and ass-kickery. 2016 should prove no exception with reports that Doctor Strange will be joining the currently untitled Captain America 3 project (which will have the same release date, May 6, as Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice). Huzzah!

If your face hasn’t melted off from all the awesome, let’s discuss the news that Joaquin Phoenix is currently in talks to play Doctor Strange. Apparently, he is in FINAL talks. So can we assume that’s pretty much a done deal? Let us know when the ink is dry, Kevin Feige. For now, I’m pretty happy speculating on what Phoenix could bring to the role of Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Phoenix’s patented dark and broody personality could be interesting with a plot that centered around Stephen Strange’s temptation to use black magic. Also, even when he was “pretending” to completely lose his marbles and become a rapper or whatever, I’ve always respected Phoenix’s dedication to a role. He seems like he completely commits himself to his character.

So what are your thoughts, fellow Avengers? Do you approve of Joaquin Phoenix playing the Sorcerer Supreme? Or are you just amped that Marvel is mining yet another comic series for our viewing pleasure? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: Bad news, guys. Turns out an agreement could not be reached and Joaquin Phoenix is no longer being considered for the role. We’ll be following this story and reporting as it develops!