Stan Lee, for example, frequently cites the character as one of the Marvel heroes he’d most like to see get his own movie.
And now George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels and the mind behind HBO’s Game of Thrones TV show, has expressed a desire to write the character.
But it will never happen.
Why not? Well, Martin only wants the job if Marvel can guarantee him that the story he writes will always be canon and never be retconned or altered down the line. And he wants to involve lawyers to make that agreement ironclad.
In a new interview with MTV Geek (embedded below), the author talked about the possibility of writing for the publisher:
“I don’t know what my story angle would be. The character I’d have the most fun writing would be Doctor Strange,the master of the mystic arts, he was always one of my favorites … but before I did that I’d have my lawyers meet with Marvel’s lawyers and work out an iron-clad contract that would say that whatever I did in the story would continue on forever and would never be retconned, rebooted or reimagined out of the universe when some later writer decided to mess around with it … I always hated reboots and retconns and the fact that a new writer comes in and ‘un-does’ what the previous writer did and brings dead characters back to life, kills new characters. … but I did love Doctor Strange and if I was to write a Marvel character him and his dimensions would be it.
“I’d separate him off from the rest of the Marvel universe and not make him part of a team. He doesn’t really fit any of that stuff, he’s a guy that shouldn’t even be known to the rest of the heroes, living on the edge of the Marvel Universe protecting the world and our dimension and plane from dangers and forces out there that the other characters like Spider-Man and The Avengers don’t even dream exist. He’s our wall against Cthullu and the Old-Ones and the dread Dormammu. That’s when Doctor Strange was at his best, Stan Lee and Ditko were [writing] him in just that manner.”