‘Strange’ Rumor: Is Jared Leto Marvel’s Next Superhero?

Will the Oscar winner play the Sorcerer Supreme?

It looks like Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” has a director, even if Marvel’s “Ant-Man” doesn’t. But what “Ant-Man” has in a leading man (or men, rather, with both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas lined up to play different versions of the size-changing hero), “Doctor Strange” only has rumors — and here’s a new one.

In his report on Marvel tapping “Sinister” director Scott Derrickson to helm “Doctor Strange,” Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci dropped an interesting rumor about who might be lining up to play the Sorcerer Supreme…

None other than the Academy Awards’ most recent Best Supporting Actor winner, Jared Leto.

According to Faraci, “Marvel likes (or liked, I don’t know what the current status of this is) Jared Leto for Stephen Strange. God help us all if that’s true.”

Would Leto as Strange be the worst thing in the world? No. Johnny Depp is considerably more on-the-nose for the Master of the Mystic Arts, but it feels like that rumor has quieted down. And even in the case of Leto, who knows how high Marvel really is on the “Dallas Buyers Club” actor; he might just be another name on the list.

But it’s interesting that there’s all of this talk and intrigue swirling around “Doctor Strange,” while the buzz surrounding Marvel’s only announced Phase Three film, “Ant-Man,” is all very negative. In case you lost track, Edgar Wright left the project almost two weeks ago, “Anchorman” director Adam McKay passed on the film last weekend, and now it appears the next rumored candidate Rawson Thurber has shot down the opportunity as well.

Maybe just scrap “Ant-Man” and move forward with “Doctor Strange” instead? Just a suggestion.

Would you buy Leto as Stephen Strange? Do you want to see “Doctor Strange” instead of “Ant-Man,” or are you up for anything Marvel?

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