As those who’ve seen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness know, the film is full of exciting cameos. One such cameo that was revealed in the film’s promotional material happened to be the return of Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Now it appears another surprising actor was offered a role in the film. Daniel Craig, known for having played 007 in the latest James Bond films, was reportedly offered a Doctor Strange 2 cameo that he ended up having to refuse.
This report was made by Deadline’s Justin Kroll on Twitter. He explained that Daniel Craig would have played none other than Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic. Of course, the role was ultimately played by John Krasinski in the final film. But the possibility of seeing Daniel Craig as the character is certainly a mind-blowing one. So why did he back out of the role? Well, it appears that COVID was spreading in the area. With fear that he might spread it to his family, he simply chose not to do the role.
“Fun fact, Krasinski wasn’t the first choice, the actor originally set to play the role was all set to shoot but when there was an uptick in COVID cases, he backed out as he was living in London and didn’t think the quick shoot wasn’t worth risk of bringing back COVID to the fam”
Other similar reports have stated that Daniel Craig was also intended to play Balder the Brave in the Doctor Strange sequel. This was a character from the Marvel comics who would’ve been the half-brother of Thor. Nevertheless, it would’ve been interesting to see Daniel Craig in the MCU regardless of the character. Hopefully we might still get to see that pan out in an additional Marvel Cinematic Universe project.
Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently playing in theaters.