Patrick Dempsey as Doctor Strange? Kevin McKidd as Thor? Jon Hamm as Green Lantern?
On Sunday, we wrote how inker Arne Starr had gone Hollywood, working on Grey’s Anatomy and Mad Men— except it turns out that with Hollywood gone comics crazy, he hasn’t put comics behind him. I’ll let Arne explain:
This all started when I found out from a friend who works on Grey’s Anatomy with me that Patrick Dempsey had gone to Marvel Studios to see about getting them to do Doctor Strange, with that certain synergistic connection of Dr. Strange starting out as a surgeon. So I did a piece of art that showed Patrick as the character. Since then, Kevin Feige of Marvel Studios has mentioned in an interview on MTV that we shouldn’t be surprised to see Dr. Strange on the 2012 movie slate.
At this time, I was also working on my other regular show, Mad Men, and brought this up to Jon Hamm, telling him I thought he’d be good as DC’s Hal Jordan/Green Lantern which was about to happen from Warner Bros.. When I brought Jon the preliminary pic (which is mostly the one here) he let me know he had run with it and actually had an appointment with the writer-director of Green Lantern [Greg Berlanti— GH] that week following the season’s wrap.
In the meantime, back on Grey’s, Kevin McKidd was introduced, and I had been a regular on his previous show Journeyman as well (though never playing the same thing twice) so we already knew each other. And it turned out he was already in the running for Thor… so I told him what I’d been doing and went forth and created TWO pictures (technically three) of him in character.
Sometimes, this is the way Hollywood works– somebody shows up at an audition in costume, or somebody has a piece of artwork attached that makes the project believable. And there’s a great bit of synergy going from Dr. McDreamy to Dr. Strange– heck, I could almost see that happening in Grey’s Anatomy continuity. I wonder if Ellen Pompeo would like to play Clea…
Arne was nice enough to provide all the drawings, they’re after the jump.