If you don’t know who Tony Todd is, you might have to turn in your nerd pass. Todd is most notably known for his voice-over work, specifically DC animated shows and movies. He recently voiced the super-villain Zoom on CW’s The Flash and has provided work for Transformers. He’s also no stranger to the horror genre; most known for Night of The Living Dead, Candyman, and Resident Evil.
The MCU was almost able to claim Tony Todd to our side, but it was an opportunity that never came to be. In 2016’s Doctor Strange, the world-destroying entity Dormammu was in fact voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. So, if you’ve seen the movie, yes – Stephen Strange was essentially arguing with himself.
Though the studio had already recorded Cumberbatch’s lines for Dormammu, they still had Tony Todd come in to provide his own rendition. After six hours in the recording studio, Todd was later told the original recordings would be used. The voice-over veteran was understandably disappointed but understood.
“I say this just to point out to everybody that you’ve got to roll and sway with all these punches and waves that come at you. Did I cry? No. I understood,” reflected Todd. “I was disappointed at the value that I lose — people going, ‘Dude, are you Dormammu?’ [Laughs] But there’ll be another Dormammu.”
Tony Todd would’ve been a great addition to the MCU given his immense talent and his long list of accomplishments. Whether it’d be a character voice or a live action performance, we’re hoping that Marvel remembers to contact him again.
Remember, Doctor Strange comes out on Digital HD February 14th and on Blu-Ray on February 28th.