THE SANDMAN's Neil Gaiman Shares Details On His And Guillermo del Toro's Unmade DOCTOR STRANGE Pitch

THE SANDMAN's Neil Gaiman Shares Details On His And Guillermo del Toro's Unmade DOCTOR STRANGE Pitch THE SANDMAN's Neil Gaiman Shares Details On His And Guillermo del Toro's Unmade DOCTOR STRANGE Pitch

The Sandman creator Neil Gaiman has revealed that he pitched a Doctor Strange movie to Marvel Studios in 2007 that would have been helmed by Guillermo del Toro and featured a period setting. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Aug 29, 2022 06:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Strange
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The Sandman has been a huge hit on Netflix and fans are now waiting with bated breath for news on a second season. It would be a travesty for the show to end there, especially after that recent bonus episode only served to remind us what amazing potential this property has as a TV series. 

Creator Neil Gaiman has written many comic books over the years, of course, and has been involved in his fair share of movies and TV shows, but what you may not know is that he pitched a Doctor Strange movie during the very early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it was in 2007 that he approached Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige about the hero. 

"Kevin and I have spoken a few times over the years on things. I remember back in 2007, having minimalistic conversations with Kevin Feige about 'What about Doctor Strange?'" Gaiman recalls in the video below. "Then talking to Guillermo del Toro, and Guillermo and I having these ideas about Doctor Strange and starting the beginning, me starting the beginning of the conversation with Kevin about 'I could do Doctor Strange with Guillermo.'"

"Basically, they said 'We just want to concentrate on the core characters right now. Doctor Strange is way up the line, we don’t want to go there.'"

Del Toro being at the helm of a Doctor Strange movie is an enticing prospect, and it sounds like he and Gaiman had a unique approach in mind for the Sorcerer Supreme's big screen debut.

"The one thing that we really wanted to do was have his adventures, have him become an alcoholic and a disbarred physician, all that sort of stuff, happen in the 1920s," he reveals. "So the idea is that, he went through all of that and the training to become the world’s greatest magician maybe in the early ’30s, late ’20s, and he’s been living in Greenwich Village for 90 years looking the same in his place, and nobody really notices."

"We just sort of liked that idea, and he would have been sort of out of time. But other than that, it would have just been very sort of Steve Ditko, because, you know, that’s the best."

Despite being something of a departure from the comic books, this sounds like a great idea and one we'd have loved to see play out on screen. However, that first Phase of the MCU doesn't feel like a good place to tell a story as unique as this, while technological limitations could have held the character back somewhat. 

How do you think this Doctor Strange movie would have compared to the version we got in 2016?
 

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TyrantBossMedia
TyrantBossMedia - 8/29/2022, 6:13 AM
I would have preferred the deeper backstory to Doctor Strange. While his movie was entertaining it was also a bit generic in plot.

I think Strange deserves more stories. He’s a fantastic character but also mysterious so his origin also should be a bit mysterious.

Him living for 90 years and still looking the same is an interesting take and I guess would be tied to his powers which is okay, but that sounds a bit Steve Rodgers. However that dynamic between he and Ridgers would have been interesting to see.
And him being so wise having been around so long would have added. I let to the arrogance he shows toward Tony Stark in Infinity War.

Oh well…what could have been.
Twenty23Three
Twenty23Three - 8/29/2022, 6:17 AM
A Gaiman/Del Toro Dr Strange is something I didn’t know I wanted till now
Fares
Fares - 8/29/2022, 6:32 AM
That would've been magnificient to see.
marvel72
marvel72 - 8/29/2022, 6:50 AM
Yeah sounds interesting, I thought the Doctor Strange movie we got was OK and then I saw Avengers:Infinity War and loved Doctor Strange in that. So I rewatch Doctor Strange And enjoyed it more than the first viewing.

I think that's why I enjoyed the sequel more than others.

McMurdo
McMurdo - 8/29/2022, 8:13 AM
Sounds dumb. Good move, Kevo.
VictorAlonzo
VictorAlonzo - 8/29/2022, 9:55 AM
This is the level of originality I ponder on when thoughts arise of limit-breaking phases.

MARVEL. In complete control of every character, bringing in the best talent for the best stories. Imagine seeing the first interpretation of MARVELS on the big screen?

The possibilities are endless. I'd love to see a new story regarding Captain America written by Ed Brubaker, solely for the big screen.

The plot: whatever the [frick] he wants it to be. I want a trailer panning the shield, 20 seconds of dialogue, and a [frick]ing release date. THAT is my vision for the new golden age of MARVEL.
sKeemAn
sKeemAn - 8/29/2022, 10:34 AM
Taking away the outside of time thing, I'd love to see these 2 do a Dr. Strange movie.
oldnoname
oldnoname - 8/29/2022, 10:54 AM
Wild how often Del Toro got denied for obviously awesome movies that would be right up his alley.
BillyBatson1000
BillyBatson1000 - 8/29/2022, 10:56 AM
90 years of alcoholism?

First spell: Fix liver.
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