When Marvel announced that they were pushing forward with plans to make a Doctor Strange movie, it did not take long for the fans to start throwing out some names of the stars they would love to see playing the character, while there have also been plenty of casting rumours along the way. One name that popped up on a number of occasions was Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix, who became a strong favourite for the role at one point.
It was believed for a while, that Joaquin Phoenix had pretty much finalised the deal and was signed up to play Doctor Strange but then something happened, Joaquin decided not to take on the role and Marvel moved on. It has since been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially cast as Doctor Strange and, while Joaquin still does not like to talk about how close he came to the role, he has admitted he is a big fan of Marvel projects.
Phoenix explained, "I like all sorts of movies. I know that I typically do dramas that I guess are maybe considered independent but I like all sorts of different movies. I’m just looking for good characters and big ideas and a great filmmaker. Sometimes the fit is right and that’s it. Those guys make great movies. I loved Iron Man, I liked Guardians of the Galaxy. I really like the movies they make. I enjoy watching them. I think they do them really well. The superhero movies are our version of those great Kung Fu movies. I enjoy that."
These comments have led to many people to suggest that Joaquin Phoenix is definitely up for doing a Marvel movie project in the future and, while it seems that he is reluctant to sign up for a multi-movie deal, we could see him playing a smaller character in a future film. Watch this space!