It is well known that Guillermo del Toro is an avid fan of dark and mysterious characters to bring them to the big screen, which is why on more than one occasion he has had the opportunity to collaborate inch by inch with various companies that have the rights to inanimate beings of terror as with Marvel Studios when he led Blade
It should be remembered that before becoming one of the multinationals with the highest economic and media value, Marvel Studios suffered a crisis that almost caused her to disappear at the time and, the character that stood out for the company directed by Kevin Feige was undoubtedly that of the Daywalker embodied by Wesley Snipes.
After Del Toro’s cooperation with Marvel Studios in 2002, it was an open secret that the Mexican screenwriter had remained on the radar of the now Marvel Cinematic Universe (UCM), now, thanks to the also screenwriter, Neil Gamanit became known that one of the wishes of the famous Mexican director was to direct a film of the Supreme Sorcerer, Doctor Strange in 2007.
It was in an interview with Josh Horowitz on the podcast, Happy, Sad, Confused where the director of The Sandman for Netflix delved into his relationship with Marvel Studiosthere the important producer said that he was always one of the characters that caught Del Toro’s attention and he was the Doctor Strange, now embodied by Benedict Cumberbatch.
“Kevin and I have talked several times over the years about things. The only one I wish, although I probably think the way they did it commercially was better than… but I remember back in 2007, having minimalist conversations with Kevin Feige about ‘What about Doctor Strange?’”, he stressed.
In this context, he explained that he and the Mexican had great ideas for the Guardian of the Time Stone but that Kevin Feige told them that Doctor Strange andwould be a superior character whom, at the time, they still could not approach in the UCM.
“Then talking to Guillermo Del Toro, Guillermo and I having these ideas about Doctor Strange and starting from the beginning, me starting the beginning of the conversation with Kevin about ‘I could do Doctor Strange with Guillermo’. And basically, they said, “We just want to focus on the main characters right now. Doctor Strange is way above the linewe don’t want to go there,” he emphasized with Josh Horowitz.
Gaiman detailed that he wanted the origin story of stranger took place in the 1920s or 1930s. On top of that, he pointed to the influence of the late Steve Ditko as something he’d like to bring to an adaptation of the Sorcerer Supreme.
“There were some great things about it, what I liked most about Doctor Strange was the idea of… all we really wanted to do was have his adventures, to become an alcoholic and a disabled doctor […] to go through all that to become the greatest wizard in the world, we liked that idea, and he would have been out of time. But other than that, he would have been kind of a Steve Ditko, because, you know, that’s the best thing,” he remarked.
The Oscar winner and screenwriter of films such as The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Blade II he certainly has the pedigree to take on some of the darkest and most mysterious characters in Marvel, since he directed Blade II 2002 with Wesley Snipes and the two films of hell boy by Ron Pearlman.