by Brett White
While we're most likely just a few days away from Marvel officially announcing "Doctor Strange" for the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Latino Review reckons they have the film's leading man all sorted out too. According to the site's sources, Marvel's eyeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the role of Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme.
This hardly comes as a surprise since the actor has been tied to a number of comic book roles since playing a big part in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises." The actor's been tied to "Justice League" ever since that Bat-film's final shot, and was even rumored to pop up in "Man of Steel" (he did not).
Over on the Marvel side of things, the actor was one of many eyed for Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy," a role that eventually went to Chris Pratt. But would Gordon-Levitt work as Doctor Strange?
I think so. Granted, he's a bit younger than Strange is normally depicted; the guy's had gray at his temples since his debut almost fifty years ago. But with Doc Strange possibly being groomed to become a central "hub" character for Marvel Studios, casting the 32-year-old Gordon-Levitt theoretically gives the company potential for a nice and lengthy relationship with the actor. Comparatively, Robert Downey Jr. was 43 when "Iron Man" came out in 2008. Going younger makes sense.
Gordon-Levitt would also bring much-needed star power to a film based on one of Marvel's lesser-known properties. The actor's been on a streak lately, with movies like "(500) Days of Summer," "Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Looper" turning the former child star into one of Hollywood's biggest stars. The only problem I find with Gordon-Levitt getting cast is the missed opportunity to make Doctor Strange a person of color, which would be a great move for a company that's steadily diversifying their casts.
While this is still just a rumor, it would be quite a doozy for Marvel to announce a lead actor along with a film. That didn't happen with "Ant-Man" last year - and he's still uncast to this day. But for now, we'll know more in a week.
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