Earlier in the week, Variety reported that Marvel wants Johnny Depp to play Doctor Strange which made sense financially considering he’s already owned by Disney, but was horrible news for anyone who doesn’t want to see The Sorcerer Supreme (What’s a vagina?) emote via drunken eyebrows. But now comes word that Jon Hamm might be the one to spearhead Marvel’s Phase Three, and yes, that was a joke about his penis. Why do you think I’m even writing this post? This Is Infamous reports:
That’s right… the man we’ve come to know as MAD MEN’s Don Draper has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts.
Look at the top of most “Who Should Play Doctor Strange?” lists, and you’ll find Hamm’s name prominently displayed as the right match for the role, an opinion Marvel shares as well. There are still reservations about Hamm fronting such a big piece of Marvel’s future, but those nerves seem to surround every choice Marvel makes for their leads until their respective films are in production and things settle in nicely.
Most of the issues seem to be with Hamm’s age (42), but let’s remember that Robert Downey Jr. was right around the same age when IRON MAN was released theatrically, and that worked out well for everyone involved. DOCTOR STRANGE had originally been written for a younger actor in the lead, but there’s nothing in the early drafts of the script that couldn’t be altered to accommodate Hamm. Needless to say, it’s not a deal-breaker.
For those of you skeptical of this casting, keep in mind Doctor Strange wields the Eye of Agamatto, a one-eyed, mystical tool of awesome power which is literally the story of Jon Hamm’s life along with being treated like a set of twins until his sixth birthday. (His parents were farsighted.)