The Hollywood Reporter was not kidding when they mentioned that Joaquin Phoenix’s  “deal is further along than just the offer stage“ for Marvel’s “Dr. Strange”. That’s right geeks, Phoenix has officially entered final talks to take on the role as the greatest protector against magical peril in the Marvel universe. He had some stiff competition from  serious Hollywood heavy weights who include the likes of  Edgar RamirezTom Hardy and Benedict CumberbatchJared Leto and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But make no mistake as we mentioned before, an actor of Phoenix’s caliber and temperament with three Oscar nominations under his belt is a sure win for the “Dr. Strange” production.

Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Play Marvel's Dr. Strange

Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Play Marvel’s Dr. Strange

The Marvel movie will start production in spring 2015. Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”, “Deliver Us from Evil”) will direct with a script rewritten by Jon Spaihts. “Dr. Strange” is set to be released on July 8, 2016.