Wait, Marvel nearly made a Doctor Strange movie 20 years ago?

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Jan 22, 2013, 10:25 PM EST (Updated)

Marvel has finally figured out a formula for bringing its comic book heroes to the big screen, but it wasn't always that way. Before Iron Man and The Avengers were breaking box-office records, Marvel was cranking out half-baked B-movies in the late '80s and early '90s. Turns out they nearly made a Doctor Strange film as well.

Roman Coppola, son of acclaimed director Francis Ford Coppola, told MoviePilot that he was attached to develop a film based on the dark, magical Marvel hero. But with most of the studio's releases already building a reputation for being terrible, Coppola backed out after having a heart-to-heart with his famous dad. That sucks, because his pitch sounds pretty awesome.

Here's an excerpt from his interview:

"You know, I did [have the desire to make a superhero movie], but I could again. I was a huge comic book fan growing up, within reason. I was a fan of Spider-Man and all that stuff. Actually, I met Stan Lee 15 or 20 years ago when Marvel had the worst reputation for their adaptations. They had made a really terrible 'Fantastic Four' movie and some other things. I met him with my dad and we said, 'Oh, wow, I wish we could be involved. How great would it be to make a really accurate version of one of these films?' I had the aspirations to make a 'Doctor Strange' movie, which I worked on quite a bit. I ended up coming out on the other side, since I told someone I was working on a comic book movie and they said, 'Do you really want to work for a studio to get pushed around for three years and not make something that's personal?' To make a movie like that where I could really use my sensibility would be fantastic. That type of work now is a product, and there's a manner in which it's made. Now I think it'd be better to spend those three years to do something better."

With that, Doctor Strangelanded back on the shelf, where it's remained for the past few decades. Do you wish this film had been made? Do you think it could've been any good?


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