Last night, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Marvel Studios was courting Chiwetel Ejoifor of 12 Years A Slave, Serenity and Dirty Pretty Things for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
Several sources have intoned that Ejiofor is wanted for a villainous role, but some insiders have pooh-poohed that. The villain is likely to be classic bad guy Baron Mordo, a sorcerer's pupil whose next-in-line status is usurped by Strange, thus making him the physician's mortal enemy.
If Marvel feels like mixing up ethnicities, a possible role could be that of Wong, the monk servant to Strange who is adept in martial arts. Another possibility is the role of the Ancient One, a semi-immortal mystic who mentors Strange and is the sorcerer supreme of this dimension.
Well, that's what they thought. But in such cases, it's always interesting to follow the comic book speculators and see what they think.
Because, as the news hit, one book jumped up in sales on eBay.
Strange Tales #169. Featuring the first appearance of mystic character Brother Voodoo, rival or colleague to Strange and, in the comics, his successor as Sorceror Supreme. Always a popular book, selling a copy on eBay most every other day, as the news hit, all copies on eBay were suddenly snapped up at around from $50 to $60, a much higher price in raw VF condition than the comic had been getting previously. Another raw unslabbed edition is currently at $147 with fifteen bids and two days to go and even in the worst conditions, there is no copy available under $70, where only the other day, a low quality copy could be picked up for $5. There is blood in the water…
Is this a pure speculator bubble reinforcing itself? Or does someone actually know something?