George RR Martin wants to write Doctor Strange

Game Of Thrones creator George RR Martin wants to take on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.

Doctor Strange George RR Martin
Doctor Strange George RR Martin
A predictably strange 1974 Doctor Strange cover by Frank Brunner

The Viggo Mortensen/Doctor Strange cameo rumours may have been a right load of doop, but A Song Of Ice And Fire author and Game Of Thrones producer George RR Martin has thrown his hat into the ring to write a Doctor Strange comic – provided, of course, Marvel honour his contribution to the canon…

Martin told MTV, “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 retcons 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,” continued Martin. “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 Cthulhu 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.”

Given we’re living in the age of Marvel NOW! and a constant parade of deaths and resurrections, George RR Martin’s conditions seem a tad unlikely to be met, but it’s a nice idea.

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