To be honest, I was a fan of Dr. Strange comics growing up. But now that I’m a bit older and, perhaps, a bit wiser I have to wonder if a Dr. Strange movie is really what’s needed — especially given the mostly unfortunate treatment of comic book movies these days. Still, regardless of my feelings about the idea, it seems an adaptation of the Marvel comic is moving forward with Conan writers Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Openheimer now on board to pen the script.
Dr. Strange, which has a long development history and various writers and directors involved including Wes Craven, Dovid Goyer, Steven Norrington and Guillermo del Toro, will reportedly be one of the first projects to be developed now that Disney owns Marvel. At least with Disney now involved, Marvel should have the financial backing to do the film justice on a production value basis and hopefully carry on the high quality of films like Iron Man.
Created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko in 1963, Dr. Strange was a brilliant yet shallow surgeon who lost his skills after a car accident damages his hands. Seeking ways to heal his injuries he instead discovers the ability to harness his psychic and magical powers and use them to battle evil.
It’s hard and probably unwise to judge a project with only this much info to go on. So, instead of thinking its probably not going to be good or wonder if it should be made at all, I will instead try to give it the benefit of the doubt. Let’s hope, in the end, it turns out more like Iron Man and The Dark Knight and less like Daredevil or Jonah Hex.