The Doctor (Maybe) in the House (Movie)

Word is that Marvel Comics, fresh off the success of such movies as Iron Man and Thor is now looking at another character for a possible movie. That character is Doctor Stephen Strange, otherwise known as Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts and Sorcerer Surpreme.

Image by Frank Brunner

Doctor Strange is one Marvel’s lesser-known (which puts him in the same class as Iron Man and Thor, come to think of it) and oldest (Strange Tales #110. July, 1963) characters, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Doctor Strange was once Doctor Stephen Strange, a successful but arrogant surgeon, until an accident damaged his hands such that he couldn’t practice. His only hope was the mysterious figure known as the Ancient One, but Doctor Strange soon realized his path was away from his surgical practice and instead the practice of the mystic arts. The good Doctor has survived many changes and many trials in his comic career, and given his back story, could make for a good movie.

And that is apparently what is happening. According to the Twtich Film website, here, Marvel already has a script in hand, from screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, who were responsible for the recent Conan reboot movie, and are reportedly in the process of contracting a director and seeking the right actor to play the part. (Of course, there was a Doctor Strange movie, a MFTV production from 1978. We won’t talk about it right now.)

I for one would love to see the good Doctor on the big screen, properly done, of course. I’ve been a fan of the character for many years, and many of the stories (and some of the artwork) is classic material. That he has a number of hypnotic spells in his arsenal, not to mention his amulet, the Eye of Aggamoto, which has the power to hypnotize, only adds to the appeal.

One Response to “The Doctor (Maybe) in the House (Movie)”

  • Kenneth Keith says:

    IIRC there was a “Doctor Strange” movie project in the 70s or 80s, but it never go beyond the testing stage. I remember seeing some pictures of the actor playing Strange and the “supernatural” set.
    Can anyone confirm this?

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