Marvel Rejected Guillermo Del Toro’s & Sandman Creator’s Dr. Strange Story

Pinnochio’s filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Neil Gaiman together had pitched a Dr. Strange story to Marvel Studios. 

In a live taping of the Happy, Sad, Confused podcast, Neil reveals he and Kevin Feige have spoken a few times on things. 

He had discussion with Kevin in 2007 about Doctor Strange but at that time Marvel had more interest in popular characters such as Iron Man, Captain America etc.

He revealed that he and Guillermo pitched the idea to Kevin and said to  him that they could direct a Dr. Strange movie.

"The one thing we really wanted to do was have his  Adventures, have him become alcoholic and a disbarred physician, all  that sort of stuff happen in the 1920s.”

Neil said he liked the idea and that the character would have been out of time.

He concludes, ” but other than that, it would have just been very sort of Steve Ditko, because you know, that’s the best.”