No, not all at once, silly; although, I could absolutely see a Doctor Strange film delivering something so eccentrically absurd (Read: Awesome), but I digress...
Also, for those not yet in the know, Marvel appears to have selected a director for their upcoming Doctor Strange adaptation, the film set to introduce magic and the titular superhero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The man for the job: oft-rumored Scott Derrickson, director of 2012's horror-film Sinister.
Now that we have a director out of the way, though, we need the titular man himself! So, my fellow film-fans, your humble JabberTalky presents to you the five top picks from Hollywood's finest who could actually, successfully, embody the persona of Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme! I've scoured the internet (Read: trolled fan boy forums and Googled Wikipedia once) and selected these lucky winners based on their viability in the role, marketability, affordability, talent, appearance, charisma, and my affinity for their facial hair.
Also, so we know who we're dealing with, here's a synopsis on the character from Marvel:
Born in 1930, Stephen Strange was the eldest child of Eugene and Beverly Strange. At age eight, Strange was beset by demons controlled by apprentice sorcerer Karl Mordo, but was rescued by Mordo's mentor, the Ancient One, a millennia-old sorcerer who protected the Earth dimension as its Sorcerer Supreme, a role Strange was destined to inherit.
Strange's magical repertoire includes energy projection and manipulation, matter transformation, animation of inanimate objects, teleportation, illusion-casting, mesmerism, thought projection, astral projection, dimensional travel, time travel and mental possession, to name a few. The full range of his abilities is unknown.
Now, back to casting, and before anyone drops the name in the comments: no, Johnny Depp is not going to play [Doctor Strange](movie:559685), nor should he.
See Also - Ant-Man, Phase 3 and the CRISIS at Marvel!
He's far too expensive, far too typecast, Marvel has habitually proven themselves to be far more interested in solid but relatively obscure talent, and considering how his last few films turned out he's probably trying to run from oddball roles faster than Jack Sparrow after the last bottle of rum... which is pretty fast, trust me. He's a very staunch recycler.
But enough chit-chat, mortal! Let's grab my orb of Agamotto and reveal the first name!
1. Hugh Dancy (Hannibal)
At 39 years-old and headlining one of the most critically acclaimed and well-acted shows on television right now, British thespian Hugh Dancy is easily my personal favorite to play the Doctor (not that Doctor; although, now you've got me thinking). Mr. Darcy... er, Mr. Dancy, while a bit more on the older-side of the MCU spectrum of actors, doesn't know how to turn in a bad performance, and is arguably the standout performance on Hannibal, a show full of scene-stealing performances. He knows how to deliver thoughtful, complex, eccentric and yet highly-empathetic characters, and he can rock the facial hair, too! Which everyone knows is the true source of Strange's powers. Speaking of scene-stealers...
2. Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale, The Hunt)
I know what you're thinking: "You're just a Hannibal fan boy!"
And to that I respond: "This is my design."
Also, go watch it, right now, seriously, I'll wait for you to come back.
Done? Good! Well, you know how I said Hannibal was a show full of scene-stealing performances? Well, here's our number-one culprit when it comes to scene-stealers. Mads Mikkelsen doesn't just rock every scene in that show as the titular cannibal with class, simply put he's one of the finest actors in the business today. While being 49-years-old may damper his chances for the role, he's pretty spry for an old guy, and Marvel would not regret handing him the title of Sorcerer Supreme. The [Hannibal](series:1191478) actor is someone who could absolutely steal audience's hearts!
...even if he'd eat them, too.
3. Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Grand Budapest Hotel, Predators)
At 41-years-old, Oscar-winner Adrien Brody would definitely be in the RDJ age-range of new entries to the MCU, but he also happens to be one of the most recurrently rumored thespians for the gig, thus far. He can handle action as he proved with King Kong and Predators, is a seriously talented actor, and come on! Look at him! You just know this guy moonlights with David Blaine and Gob Bluth in Las Vegas.
You know why this puppy's eyes are so wide? Because it knows it's about to disappear.
4. Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club, Lord of War)
At age 42 Leto is the second-oldest actor on this list, but somehow the Oscar-winner doesn't look a day past 30, dare I say Leto is... magic?
No? Okay, maybe he's just a vampire.
Either way, he also happens to be one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood right now thanks to his Academy-winning performance in [Dallas Buyers Club](movie:602072) last year. Leto is a phenomenal actor, who doesn't act often, but when he does it demands your attention. Recent rumors have also linked him to the titular role, so stay tuned!
Now, it's time for something a little out of left-field...
5. Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones)
Now I know what you're thinking, Doctor Strange isn't Chilean!
Well, I'd like to posit: why not?
Anyone who's been watching Game of Thrones this season knows well the name of Oberyn Martell. Very, very well...
I won't spoil anything here, but needless to say Pascal has been turning in a performance that has quickly skyrocketed the Red Viper to many show-watchers' favorite character lists. Part Don Juan, part Inigo Montoya, all class, Pascal is an absolutely riveting and charming thespian who can also rock the action - he had to learn Wushu for his role in [Game of Thrones](movie:817617). Also, at age 39 he's younger than rumored picks Brody and Leto, and would offer both a surprising pick that would be right up Marvel's alley, but one that with his Latino background would expand the character's demographic for modern sensibilities.
So, those are my picks for Doctor Strange, and with reports that we'll have a casting confirmation in the coming months, check back here soon to find out I was right all along... about all five... five Doctor Strange's in one film!
It'll be just like that classic Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror," alter-egos and facial hair galore.
Yep! That's our Doctor Strange...