‘Doctor Strange’ Lost Out on Jessica Chastain When She Rejected Joining the MCU within the ‘Coolest Way’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Marvel missed an enormous alternative to pair Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain in Doctor Strange. A screenwriter for the mission revealed that Marvel needed to solid Chastain to play Cumberbatch’s romantic curiosity within the movie. But as a substitute of becoming a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chastain rejected the provide within the “coolest” means potential.

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‘Doctor Strange’ missed out on Jessica Chastain | Gabe Ginsberg/WirePicture

Chastain desires to be a superhero

Chastain’s want to grow to be a superhero got here true when she landed the a part of Vuk in Dark Phoenix. The shape-shifting creature was a villain within the film who manipulated Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey.

Unfortunately, the movie was a significant bomb for Fox, making solely
$250 million in worldwide ticket gross sales in opposition to a $200 million funds. Doctor
, alternatively, had a funds of round $200 million and pulled
down $677 million on the field workplace.

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The movie was additionally launched across the similar time that Disney
purchased out Fox, a deal that gave Marvel the rights to X-Men. The studio will doubtless
reboot the complete franchise, particularly given its lackluster reception over the

It is unclear if Chastain will ever reprise her position as Vuk now that X-Men is beneath the Marvel umbrella. But there was a time when she was provided a spot within the MCU and turned it down.

Chastain rejects Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill lately opened up about
Chastain’s rejection on his podcast titled Junkfood Cinema. According to
, Cargill revealed that Marvel needed to solid Chastain as
Christine Palmer, however the actress had no real interest in becoming a member of the MCU except it
was as a superhero.

“She’s like, ‘Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I’m only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character, and I trained in ballet, and I really want to wear a cape,’” Cargill defined. “It was the coolest rejection ever…”

Doctor Strange was an enormous hit for Marvel in 2016. The
film’s success opened the door for the upcoming sequel, Doctor Strange in
the Multiverse of Madness

After Chastain’s rejection, Rachel McAdams obtained the half, although
we nonetheless have no idea if she might be reprising the position within the sequel.

The Multiverse of Madness was initially scheduled to open in theaters within the spring of 2021. The studio has now pushed the discharge date to November of that very same 12 months. Director Sam Raimi might be changing Scott Derrickson on the helm.

‘Doctor Strange 2’ delayed

Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Marvel lately
introduced its plans to delay the entire Phase four tasks. This contains Doctor
Strange 2
, although Derrickson believes the delays will become

Taking to Twitter, Derrickson revealed that Doctor Strange
suffered a five-month delay due to Cumberbatch’s busy filming schedule. The
additional time allowed Derrickson and his workforce to flush out the script and determine
out the visible results.

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“The pushing of all these huge tentpole launch dates will enhance their total high quality — extra time for script & manufacturing design growth. Blade Runner appears so wonderful as a result of Ridley Scott & his workforce took a 12 months through the 80-81 actors & WGA strikes to good the visuals,” Derrickson added.

Marvel was initially slated to kick off Phase four with the discharge of Black Widow in May. That movie has been pushed again to November, whereas The Eternals will now open in theaters in February of 2021.

Fans had been fairly dissatisfied by the delays, but when Derrickson is
proper, the postponements will result in a greater finish product.

Everything we all know in regards to the ‘Multiverse of Madness’

With Doctor Strange 2 not scheduled to hit theaters till
2021, filming will doubtless get underway someday within the fall. Unfortunately,
Marvel has been very tight-lipped in regards to the mission, although followers have
speculated about which villain may seem within the movie.

Several villains have been thrown into the dialogue, together with
Nightmare and Mephisto. But some followers consider that Karl Mordo will really be
the primary antagonist. We already know that Chiwetel Ejiofor might be reprising
his position as Mordo, so it isn’t that huge of a leap to assume he would be the

We additionally know that the occasions in WandaVision and Loki will have an effect on the Multiverse of Madness. Both of those exhibits are scheduled to premiere earlier than Doctor Strange 2, so followers must wait and see how issues unfold.

Marvel has not commented on the experiences surrounding Doctor
Strange within the Multiverse of Madness

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