Marvel Studios has a full plate at the moment; 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and 'Thor' are set to release this summer, and work is already afoot on 2012's 'The Avengers' and a third 'Iron Man' movie. That hasn't stopped Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige from thinking about what comes after those titles, though, and in past interviews he's returned to one lesser-known character time and time again: Dr. Strange.
The comic giant's Sorcerer Supreme might not be a household name (at least not in households without extensive comic book collections), but there's no doubt that could change if a film was made about the character -- one featuring just the right actor. Enter Patrick Dempsey.
Dempsey, who's one of television's highest-paid stars thanks to his role on 'Grey's Anatomy' is eager to expand his artistic horizons, and he thinks donning the Marvel Magus's cloak would be a step in the right direction. Based on looks alone, Dempsey could be on to something.
The actor told the L.A. Times' Hero Complex blog that it's a role he's definitely interested in: "I've been lobbying for that. There's a whole bunch of people [among the 'Grey's' crew] who are into comics and Marvel, too, on the set and they're like, 'Doctor Strange, that's the one you should do.' It would be fantastic."
It would also be the next step in the 45-year-old actor's attempt to reinvent himself, coming on the heels of 'Flypaper,' a darkly comedic bank-heist film that premiered at Sundance (Dempsey produced and starred) and his role in Michael Bay's 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' later this summer. Dempsey lays out his rationale for the move with this logic:
Of course, the road to film stardom, even for a mega television star, can be a perilous one -- just ask David Caruso. Dempsey seems different, though. He has a genuine interest in playing this character, not in merely playing Dr. Strange in a film. He'd be just as willing to tackle the role in a television series as he would on the big screen. "It'd be a great TV show, especially for HBO or something like that," he tells Hero Complex. We agree with that sentiment. A 'Dr. Strange' cable series could turn into something like AMC's 'The Walking Dead' with a proven commodity like Dempsey in the lead role. In fact, a series might be an easier sell to audiences than a film. Even casual comics fans aren't overly familiar with the character.
"Hopefully, doing something like 'Transformers' is about to show myself in an action situation where I'm not mister-weepy-doctor guy, you know, not McDreamy. You have to change that in people's view. I'm still hungry for other things. I'd love to play Doctor Strange."
We like the idea of casting Dempsey as Dr. Strange and have been in favor of it since rumors first emerged that he'd landed the part at last year's Comic Con. All we hope for is that if they do make this project for television, it turns out better than the 1978 version. What say you guys?