Marvel Head Literally Runs Away From Joaquin Phoenix-‘Doctor Strange’ Rumors

Also, Hayley Atwell won't be Old Peggy in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron.'

There are two methods for getting information from people associated with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can ask a small, specific question with an answer that has bigger implications, or you can be direct.

At the San Diego Comic-Con press line for “Agent Carter,” I spoke with star Hayley Atwell and Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito and tried both methods.

Atwell has already confirmed that she’s returning for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” but she told me during our interview that it wouldn’t be as the elderly version of Peggy we saw in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” So how is a WWII-era make to way into a future with evil robots? Theories of a dream sequence are already floating around, but there’s no official word yet.

Though D’Esposito was appearing with “Agent Carter,” he deals with the movie end of the business more regularly, and ahead of Marvel Studios’ big Hall H panel, all anyone can talk about is the rumor of Joaquin Phoenix being close to signing onto “Doctor Strange.”

So how are those negotiations going? D’Esposito claims to know nothing, but the smirk on his face and eagerness to leave the area might be enough to fuel some fan speculation.

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