So far Marvel has done an impeccable job in casting actors to portray it’s heroes and heroines. It appears they will continue that trend.
Marvel has just announced that actor Vincent D’Onofrio (The Cell, Full Metal Jacket, Ed Wood) has been cast as the Kingpin in the upcoming 13-episode Daredevil Netflix series and it’s rumored that Marvel is considering Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch for Stephen Strange in the Doctor Strange movie.
While I love Vincent D’Onofrio, especially as a villain, I wonder about his portrayal of the Kingpin. For one, he doesn’t seem to look the part. For another, his acting style doesn’t really match how I envision Wilson Fisk. Michael Clark Duncan certainly doesn’t have the acting chops of D’Onofrio, I actually felt he fit the character and his portrayal of Fisk was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise terrible movie. My hope is that D’Onofrio’s acting prowess overcomes any objections to his physical features. Of course, there’s also the possibility that he does an “reverse-Christian-Bale” and packs on the pounds to make my concern moot.
I am far more excited at the prospect of Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug) as Doctor Strange. The character of Stephen Strange hinges upon portraying an egotistical genius alcoholic who suffers a tragic accident and thus learns humility. Cumberbatch owns egotistical genius. He certainly can portray a character tortured by chemical dependence. Best of all, he can bring the snarky wit needed to make Doctor Strange an enjoyable character instead of a cardboard one. I’m not sure Marvel’s other prospect, Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises), could do the same. Besides, I can’t get that Darth Vader/Sean Connery accent out of my head.
The most exciting news about Doctor Strange has to be that horror film director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) is likely to do the supernatural element of the comic book some justice. I just hope it’s more adventurous than horrific. Because that would be, well…horrific.
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