Guillermo del Toro sought to work with ‘Marvel Studios’ for a ‘Doctor Strange’ movie

Guillermo del Toro sought to work with ‘Marvel Studios’ for a ‘Doctor Strange’ movie (Photo: Getty Images/Marvel Studios)

It is well known that Guillermo del Toro is an avid fan of dark and mysterious characters to bring them to the big screen, which is why on more than one occasion he has had the opportunity to collaborate inch by inch with various companies that have the rights to inanimate beings of terror as with Marvel Studios when he directed Blade

It should be remembered that before becoming one of the multinationals with the greatest economic and media value, Marvel Studios suffered a crisis that almost led her to disappear at the time, and the character who stood up for the company run by Kevin Feige was undoubtedly that of the daywalker embodied by Wesley Snipes.

After del Toro’s cooperation with Marvel Studios in 2002, it was an open secret that the Mexican screenwriter had remained on the radar of the now Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Now, thanks to the also screenwriter, Neil Gaimanit was announced that one of the wishes of the famous Mexican director was to direct a film of the Supreme Sorcerer, Doctor Strange in 2007.

GUADALAJARA, JALISCO, MAY 29, 2019.- Guillermo del Toro, Director of Mexican Cinema during a press conference at the Enrique Díaz de León auditorium and taking photographs at the Museum of Arts of the University of Guadalajara, this after the tour for the media for the work of the filmmaker “At Home with my Monsters”.  PHOTO: FERNANDO CARRANZA GARCIA / CUARTOSCURO.COM
GUADALAJARA, JALISCO, MAY 29, 2019.- Guillermo del Toro, Director of Mexican Cinema during a press conference at the Enrique Díaz de León auditorium and taking photographs at the Museum of Arts of the University of Guadalajara, this after the tour for the media for the work of the filmmaker “At Home with my Monsters”. PHOTO: FERNANDO CARRANZA GARCIA / CUARTOSCURO.COM

It was in an interview with Josh Horowitz on the podcast, Happy, Sad, Confused where the director of The Sandman for Netflix delved into his relationship with Marvel Studiosthere the important producer said that always one of the characters that drew attention to Del Toro and he was the Doctor Strange, now incarnated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

“Kevin and I have talked several times over the years about things. The only one I wish for, although I probably think the way they did it commercially was better than… but I remember back in 2007, having minimalist conversations with Kevin Feige about ‘What about Doctor Strange?’”, he stressed.

In this context, he explained that he and the Mexican had great ideas for the Guardian of the Time Stone but Kevin Feige told them that Doctor Strange andthere was a superior character that, at the time, they still could not approach in the MCU.

(Marvel Studios)
(Marvel Studios)

Then talking to Guillermo Del Toro, Guillermo and I having these ideas about Doctor Strange and starting at the beginning, me starting the beginning of the conversation with Kevin about ‘I could do Doctor Strange with Guillermo’. And basically, they said, “We just want to focus on the main characters right now. D.Octor Strange is way above the lineWe don’t want to go there,” he emphasized with Josh Horowitz.

Gaiman detailed that he wanted the story of the origin of Strange took place in the 1920s or 1930s. On top of that, he noted the influence of the late Steve Ditko as something he’d like to carry into an adaptation of the Supreme Sorcerer.

Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the movie "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness".  (Marvel Studios)
Benedict Cumberbatch returns in the movie “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” (Marvel Studios)

“There were some great things in it, which I liked the most about Doctor Strange it was the idea of… all we really wanted to do was have his adventures, that he became an alcoholic and a disabled doctor […] to go through all that to become the greatest magician in the world, we liked that idea, and he would have been out of time. But other than that, he would have been a Steve Ditko sort of thing, because, you know, that’s for the best,” he remarked.

The Oscar winner and screenwriter for films such as The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Blade II certainly has the pedigree to take on some of the darkest and most mysterious characters in Marvel, since he directed Blade II 2002 with Wesley Snipes and the two films of hellboy by Ron Perlman.

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