– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you’ve been following the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the past handful of years, you’ll know there was a period in time in which respected actor Joaquin Phoenix was in the running to play the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange.

As we know, these talks ultimately fell through, and Benedict Cumberbatch took on the role himself. When all said and done, the idea of Phoenix playing the character was cool, but considering the films he acts in, it seemed like he was the type to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe films beneath him, right? Little White Lies asked Phoenix if he had any regrets over passing them up.

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Phoenix’s response is as follows:

“I think they make some great, fun movies. There’s nothing wrong… I’m not a f**king, like, cinephile. I’m not a snob and I’m totally fine with… I enjoy those movies sometimes, and I think they keep the f***ing industry going in some ways, so I don’t have a problem with it at all. I think that everybody was, is… I’m trying to figure out how to say this most diplomatically, okay… I think everybody was really happy with how things turned out. All parties were satisfied.”

He has a point there. Sure, it would have been cool to have him involved, but I don’t think there are many people disappointed by the actors they’ve ended up with. Rumors of Phoenix’s involvement in comic book movies. We’ve heard talk of him agreeing to play the Joker in Todd Phillips’ standalone movie, but when asked about it, Phoenix denied such talks. The comic book world still seems to elude him.

What do you think? Would the MCU have been a much stronger product had Phoenix been involved? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Little White Lies

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.