Marvel Looking At Tom Hardy And Benedict Cumberbatch For Doctor Strange, Peyton Reed And David Wain For Ant-Man

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Earlier today, I was tipped off that Marvel would like to speak to Benedict Cumberbatch about Doctor Strange. I’ve been firing off e-mails and calls trying to find out how real this is.

Apparently it’s a little bit real, as Deadline are now saying that Cumberbatch, alongside the absurdly over-booked Tom Hardy, are on Marvel’s casting wish list for the film.

An ‘early casting wish list’ is almost a perverse thing to report, but anyway. There seems to be a rule that every day must bring two new Marvel stories, and this is only Deadline carving one out for themselves.

Meanwhile, The Wrap were the first to link Peyton Reed with Ant-Man. If his vision meshes with Marvel’s, then this could be, for the first time in a long time, a step in the right direction for this film. Reed certainly has skills, both with set-pieces and comedy.

David Wain, who has a good working relationship with Paul Rudd, is also a contender, as per The Hollywood Reporter, but I can’t see that panning out at all.

With no offence meant to Edgar Wright or Joe Cornish, I’d have been excited about a Peyton Reed take on Ant-Man if that’s what we’d have been offered in the first place. With no offence meant to Peyton Reed, it’s always going to be hard to forget that Marvel butted heads with an iconoclast over this film and steered the project away from a director’s personal vision to something more… studio serving, whatever that might ultimately mean. As an idealist, that does chafe quite a bit.

Of course, there’s a lot of pragmatism in the iron in my blood, and I’m thinking that Kevin Feige and Wright must have been on a collision course and it’s likely better that they parted ways already rather than with messy editing room lockouts, extensive reshoots or mid-production firings.

Ant-Man might yet be the greatest film ever made and Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s screenplay might well have been a complete nightmare. ‘We’ don’t know, really, from our vantage point. Hard to imagine, sure, but… well, I hope the script does leak. And soon, just to start shading in the context of this whole shooting match.

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