Before Doctor Strange debuted in 2016 within the MCU, Guillermo del Toro planned a film about the Sorcerer Supreme, in which Neil Gaiman was also involved.
In 2016, the Marvel Cinematic Universe welcomed Doctor Strange, a character who in 2007 was on the radar of Guillermo del Toro and Neil Gaiman to reach the big screen.
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The movie rights to Doctor Strange came to Marvel Studios in 2005, after companies like Full Moon Entertainment, Dimension Films and Miramax failed to materialize a Sorcerer Supreme movie.
Neil Gaiman revealed in an interview for the Happy Sad Confused podcast the ideas they had for making a Doctor Strange movie, with Gaiman writing the script and Guillermo del Toro directing.
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“The only thing we really wanted to do was have his adventures, have him become an alcoholic and a disabled doctor, all that kind of stuff happens in the 1920s. So the idea is that he went through all of that and the training to become the world’s greatest wizard, maybe early 30’s, late 20’s, and he’s been living in Greenwich Village for 90 years looking the same in his place, and no one really notices.”
Why wasn’t Del Toro and Gaiman’s Doctor Strange movie made?
After Guillermo del Toro made Pan’s Labyrinth, the Mexican filmmaker and Neil Gaiman began to discuss the ideas for the story, which they began to talk with Kevin Feige, who was in the production of the first Iron Man film.
“Kevin and I have talked several times over the years about things. The only one I wish, 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 on ‘What About Doctor Strange?’”.
Although the ideas of the creative duo seemed attractive, Kevin Feige was clear and pointed out that a Doctor Strange tape was not yet contemplated for the nascent Phase 1 of the MCU.
“Guillermo and I having these ideas about Doctor Strange and starting from 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. Doctor Strange is way over the line, we don’t want to go there.” There was some great stuff in it.”
Del Toro concentrated on the production of Hellboy 2, and the film that the Mexican and the British thought did not materialize. Doctor Strange came to the Marvel Studios map until 2016.
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The world believes that Doctor Strange is dead, but that could soon be real, when Dormammu steals his body! Can Clea and Topaz help Strange regain control of his corporeal form?
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