For a long time, Marvel fans wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to be Doctor Strange. It was the subject of a lot of talk and rumors before he was cast, but he finally was officially announced as the character on December 4th, 2014.
We're only a couple of weeks away from "Doctor Strange" starting production with Cumberbatch as the title character, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Rachel McAdams as...
...oh yeah, who is Rachel McAdams playing? The actress joined Doctor Strange after D23, but trades just described her as a major female role or a female lead.
According to one of my sources, it turns out that Rachel McAdams won't be Clea, a love interest for Stephen Strange in the comics. Instead, she'll be playing Christine Palmer, one of the night shift nurses from Marvel's "Night Nurse."
Everyone thought Rosario Dawson's character in Netflix's Daredevil would end up being Linda Carter, the most recognizable and the first "Night Nurse" of the Marvel Universe, but instead her character was named Claire Temple. After the series debuted, showrunner Stephen DeKnight reveled that Marvel Studios had nixed any reference to Carter because they might use her in the future for the movies.
Why McAdams will show up in Doctor Strange as the Christine Palmer Night Nurse, and not the Linda Carter Night Nurse is still a mystery. Palmer is the primary protagonist of "Night Nurse #4" from 1973, and Carter is barely in it. It might be because Palmer's background involved being a surgical assistant, which would make a good counter-point to Dr. Stephen Strange's surgeon.
We reached out to Marvel regarding this scoop, but have received a "no comment" from them.
For now that's the rumor around town...What do you think of McAdams' role as Christine Palmer? Sound off in the comments below!