Doctor Strange and Rogue One actor Mads Mikkelsen recently revealed that he was originally being courted for a role in the Fantastic Four reboot and even held an audition, but he decided that the role just wasn’t for him and left mid-audition. Given that the movie turned out to be an absolute disaster behind the scenes – to say nothing of the finished movie’s quality or its box office returns – and both movies he opted to join instead were huge hits, it seems as though he dodged one heck of a bullet!
Shortlist recently held an interview with Mads Mikkelsen and asked him about his Fantastic Four audition (which they indicated he saw as an “excruciating process”). He provided details on both his decision to walk out of Fantastic Four and to discuss his grievances with other auditions:
“I think I walked out on the Fantastic Four [audition]. I think I actually said, “I can’t do it. It’s not about you, I’m sorry, this is wrong…” I’ve had tons of them. We’ve all been there. We all show up and it’s a little office room with a desk and some books and they want you to do a scene where you have two lines – maybe not even two lines – maybe just “Bleurgh!” or “Get back!” And you’re hiding behind a palm tree that’s not there. It’s like, “Guys, couldn’t you have picked a different kind of scene to this? This is fucking mad.” You feel like an idiot.”
Presumably, the role that Mads Mikkelsen was auditioning for likely would have been Doctor Doom. While Mads Mikkelsen is high up on the list of actors that fans would like to see play the iconic Marvel villain, many felt that the reboot’s portrayal of Doctor Doom was one of the worst mishandlings of a Marvel character since Deadpool was transformed into a mouthless Mortal Kombat reject at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Perhaps he’ll get his chance another day when the property is inevitably rebooted years from now – and hopefully in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though he’s already played a different character there.
No Fantastic Four movies are in development. There are suggestions that Marvel will announce a Doctor Strange sequel after knocking out more of their Phase 3 slate, but Mads Mikkelsen’s involvement (or lack thereof) has not been confirmed.