It’s no secret that Doctor Strange is going to be a key component for Marvel Studios going forward into future Phases of their Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, has made no attempts to hide his love for the character and has remarked that a DOCTOR STRANGE movie is something they’re looking to get going sooner rather than later as the MCU continues to expand. While it hasn’t been confirmed yet by Marvel, DOCTOR STRANGE will be introduced in Phase Three of the MCU, and will be positioned as the centerpiece going forward, as things begin to transition away from Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man.

It wasn’t too long ago that RDJ struck a two-picture deal with Marvel to return for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and whatever THE AVENGERS 3 is going to be called, being used more as a special attraction for these big assemblies of superheroes every couple of years than as a solo act. So who is set to fill that void and become the next big breakout character? It’s not going to be Thor, who is heading into what would be the final chapter of a trilogy, nor Captain America, who is on a similar timeline. No, with a need for fresh character blood in the MCU, it’s lining up to be Doctor Strange.

And for all the conjecture that’s been thrown out about who’d be a good fit in the role, all the jockeying for inclusion in the blossoming MCU by actors and their representation and all the non-stories about meetings that went nowhere, our sources indicate to us that the guy Marvel has set up to play Doctor Stephen Strange is none other than JON HAMM.

That’s right… the man we’ve come to know as MAD MEN’s Don Draper has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Mystic Arts.

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Look at the top of most “Who Should Play Doctor Strange?” lists, and you’ll find Hamm’s name prominently displayed as the right match for the role, an opinion Marvel shares as well. There are still reservations about Hamm fronting such a big piece of Marvel’s future, but those nerves seem to surround every choice Marvel makes for their leads until their respective films are in production and things settle in nicely.

Most of the issues seem to be with Hamm’s age (42), but let’s remember that Robert Downey Jr. was right around the same age when IRON MAN was released theatrically, and that worked out well for everyone involved. DOCTOR STRANGE had originally been written for a younger actor in the lead, but there’s nothing in the early drafts of the script that couldn’t be altered to accommodate Hamm. Needless to say, it’s not a deal-breaker.

Hamm’s calendar is letting up at the perfect time with his time on MAD MEN coming to an end, with AMC running the first half of the show’s final season this year with the series wrapping up completely by 2015, and for all the talk of Hamm being the best choice for a number of superhero roles that have come up in recent years from Superman to Batman, fans can finally get excited that he’s a match for one that is about to become very important.

Johnny Depp was never a serious candidate for the role and neither was Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose name seems to be linked with anything Marvel that comes down the pipeline and had been floated around online in recent months as being a DOCTOR STRANGE possibility. Patrick Dempsey, who had made public his desire to get a shot at the role, was under consideration for a quick second before Marvel moved onto other possibilities, but the other actor who seemed to make a real run at landing the titular role in DOCTOR STRANGE was JUSTIFIED’s Timothy Olyphant. The decision-makers over at Marvel were really high on Olyphant, who I’m told finished a close second in the running and could be called upon with the quickness if anything fell through before Marvel makes their official announcement; they just happened to be even higher on Hamm, which is how he ended up being the guy.

Requests from comment from Marvel, Hamm, Olyphant and Dempsey were all met with silence, as to be expected, and the denials may start rolling in in no time, but, as one insider remarked to me as we worked hard to nail down this story, “I don’t bet… but, if I did, I’d make a lot of money if I wagered on Jon Hamm.” Could something change between now and when Marvel makes this official? Of course. This is Hollywood we’re talking about, but, based on what we know, I’m very confident in the fact that from now on, when you see Jon Hamm, you’ll be taking a good look at Doctor Stephen Strange.

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  • Brian McNatt

    So glad it’s not Johnny Depp. Never seen Mad Men, might have to give it a look before Doctor Strange comes out.

    • Rick Cromack

      Agreed. Depp is on occasion an exceptional actor, but his Disney / Burton shtick brings WAY too much baggage for yours truly. He would never be Hugo Strange; he’d be “Johnny Depp as Hugo Strange”.

      • The_Irish_Samurai

        Stephen Strange not Hugo Strange. Hugo Strange is a different character all together ad I actually think Depp wouldve been more believable as Dr Strange than Hamm but its all still conjecture.

        • JCosmos

          Depp would not be a more believable Strange. Depp would be Jack Sparrow dressed like Strange.

          • Margaret Harker

            I agree 100% !

          • Daniel Jesse Spade

            ^ This guy gets it. All Depp does anymore is Jack Sparrow. Depp was (WAS) a great actor once, but now he phones in his Keith Richards impersonation for every, single. role.

  • Rick Cromack

    Interesting… With recent selections of Robert Redford and Michael Douglas for critical roles, Feige is absolutely making a play for top – notch casting, and “against type”, as it were… Though an argument can be made that Robert Downey, Jr., Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, and even Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones were ALSO contrary to expectations. I have nothing against Hamm — I quite like this choice — but now I wonder what James Franco might have done with the role. They’re swinging for the fences, that’s for damn sure.

    • http://www.lizardsfromafar.com/ eBob

      Depp feels really “on the nose”…almost lazy casting for this part. I’m not saying he wouldn’t be fine if cast in the role, but I’d rather see someone else.

    • Glenn Scott

      James Franco? Really? I would think he would put the theater to sleep with his “no one home” acting.

      He reminds me of Ryan Gosling. they both have that look in their eyes like the lights are on, but nobody’s home.

  • G@BRIEL GR@Y

    No doubt you certainly pissed off Latino Review with this one, especially after your twitter exchanges the other night lol

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      Those are good guys over there, and have nothing but love and respect for them… but that new guy who was trying to make a new for himself with a BS non-story… whatever.

      • Pizza the Hut

        They might miss the mark at times over at LR but they are a good site you are correct.

  • CaptDan

    Marvel just keep killing it with their casting, always finding just the right guy coming up; RDJ’s big budget come-back, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo – now Chris Pratt (suddenly a bad ass, after Zero Dark Thirty) and Jon Hamm, woefully underused on the big screen. This is why all the ‘big name’ rumors suck; casting Johnny Depp is a Warners/DC move, where all their decisions seem to be driven by executives, instead of the creative talent they do have. Batfleck is going to be a mistake – Ben Affleck as Batman is exactly what it will be – whereas Jon Hamm is going to be just right to simply BE Doctor Strange. Great work.

    • NYC CPA

      Yes because ” Pirates”, Alice in Wonderland, and The Lone Ranger are all WB/DC movies.

      • CaneTheSutter

        I can at least point to two movies out of those “3” that were worsened by Deep’s appearance in them.

        I’m not saying you were wrong in your statement, but stating the fact that while Deep is a good actor, having him in a movie is really far from ensuring the movie will be anywhere close of being good.

        • The Dude

          ‘Deep’ was the best thing about these movies.

          • CaneTheSutter

            we percepted very diferent movies then.

            which is cool have your way.

            for me it was in the annoying to awful area in alice and very likely the worst thing in lone ranger (if you don’t count the terribly insulting and patronising tone the script had over the lone ranger property)

  • CaneTheSutter

    inspired choice.

    and congrats on breaking the news

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      Thanks, sir. Just trying to do solid work over here.

      • CaneTheSutter

        Keep on doing it!

        And sorry for kind of stopp dropping by. The writing-for-the-love-of-it on talkbacker.com together with work life and social life and keeping up with an insane number of things kind of squashes my internet live.

        Just in case it matter, the section I visit most here it’s the comic books one, good job on that one (on the others too, butI wanted to say that!)

        Still, I try to drop a click every now and then, just don’t comment…but I couldn’t pass this new big breaking news of you, again congratulations…

        now go out there and get us a Hamm-interview :)

  • Pizza the Hut

    WTG Billy I am sure Jabba the Hut will post this story and give you credit lol

  • Jonwayne Stricker

    Thanks the Harry Host of Hagroth that someone has enough sense to see Johnny Depp is completely wrong for this role! I still think Hugh Laurie would be PERFECT but this is a step in the right direction!

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      Haven’t found anyone who didn’t like Hamm for the role.

      • Lord Elric

        Same here. As much as I’ve been rooting for Jeffrey Combs, really watch Dr. Mordred and tell me that doesn’t look like an early test run by Combs, Hamm’s a good actor with a solid resume.

    • CaneTheSutter

      Laurie would be an oddball choice..not saying bad (it is a good one), but I doubt he would like to get into multimovies deals and crossovers and such things…after 8 years in HOUSE I suppose he wants to do things that are not dragged that long.

  • guitar_dude91

    Not official, and Kidd, you are an asshole. Thank Armageddon Productions for sending me your way :)

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      That’s why it’s an exclusive. It’s a scoop before Marvel ever makes their announcement.

      • guitar_dude91

        Or it’s just another full of shit “info bit.” I saw your twitter feed, you haven’t grown up one bit since being “fired over Facebook.” You, sir, are one of the biggest childish pieces of shit I’ve ever seen on the internet, and I’ve been on here quite a while. At least you got the name right.

        • Eddie Scarito

          guitar_dude…You are absolutely entitled to your opinion, and we love to get feedback–even the negative kind. But we are a bit of a classier site than the one’s you might normally frequent. We’d all appreciate it if you could refrain from personal attacks. Thanks, man.

          • guitar_dude91

            It’s great that the big brother has to come in to save the day.

          • http://www.lizardsfromafar.com/ eBob

            Dude…why so angry?

          • Jared Rasic

            Go home Harry, You’re drunk.

          • Mascott106

            I wonder what year this fellow was born in, and what musical instruments he might play.

        • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

          So do you have any substantial or meaningful to actually offer up to the conversation, or is name-calling your only ammunition here? Curious to hear what exactly I am childish about in reporting a scoop we’ve been on for a few months now.

          • guitar_dude91

            Referring to your twitter feed buddy. I thought you’d like a taste of your own medicine after bullying and bitching about every other site in existence.

          • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

            Zzzzzz… Anything else?

          • guitar_dude91

            I love your entitlement. You are a credit to the human race.

        • Arthur Dent

          Pull Harry’s sweat-and-Cheeto-dust-crusted ball sack out of your mouth.

  • The_Irish_Samurai

    Well Depp and RDJ shared a car to the Globes the other night so not counting Depp out of Strange yet. Hes still one of DIsneys best attractions.

  • HolyFranchiseBatman!

    Despite the fact there’s no director, nor has the movie been announced, you make a convincing enough case. Until you say that plans might change. That would be the case if he was under consideration or in talks, but you say earlier that he’s actually signed on. Why would plans change if they’d gone to all the trouble of putting together a contract, paying him… that just seems like a handy get out clause for when someone else gets the role to me.

    • Brian McNatt

      Hey now, they replaced Stuart Townsend with Viggo Mortensen for the role of Aragorn while filming was already underway. Michael Biehn replaced James Remar as Hicks when Aliens was already a week into filming.

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      There are all sorts of things that can happen for something like this to suddenly fall through. I don’t expect it to, but one never knows…

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      Let’s also remember this is Marvel, where the decisions are made from Feige on down. The filmmakers don’t exactly carry a lot of weight as to how the Universe is going to play out… they just execute the plans they’re given.

  • ShadowInc

    Patrick Dempsey would have likely been an awful choice.

  • monsterzero

    thankfully not Johnny Depp

  • Héctor González Pulido

    Is this true or it’s just another rumor?

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      Wouldn’t have run it as such if it was just another rumor.

  • Mike McTighe

    Obviously a unsubstantiated rumor, but a nice one. A rumor we can all wish is true. I for one think this would be an outstanding choice. He brings a lot to the role, especially since Dr. Stephen Strange is supposed to be a man grappling with his arrogance issues. After playing Don Draper, that could be an interesting choice.

    • http://ThisIsInfamous.com/ The Infamous Billy The Kidd

      Not an unsubstantiated rumor as far as we are concerned. Our intel says he is the guy.

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