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‘Doctor Strange’ Set to Begin Production Early Next Year; Casting Soon

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With “Phase 2” of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe (MCU) wrapping up next Spring, plans are already in motion for what’s to come after Avengers: Age of Ultron.  We know that Ant-Man will kick things off for Phase Three next July, followed by Captain America 3 in May 2016.  After that, the studio still has an untitled film set for release in July of 2016; which many believe will end up being the long-rumored Doctor Strange movie.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said multiple times now that a Doctor Strange film is in the works, and that it will likely fit into Phase 3, in between Age of Ultron and Avengers 3.  Earlier this month, it was even revealed that Sinister director Scott Derrickson would helm the project, and that it will be written by John Spaihts (Prometheus).  

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In a recent interview with Total Film, Feige discussed some of Marvel’s upcoming movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy (in theaters August 1st), Ant-Man, and even a few more details on Strange.  Regarding the Sorcerer Supreme, here’s what he had to say:

“Scott Derrickson has been announced as the director. Doctor Strange is a character that I’ve been interested in for many, many years and that I’ve talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it’s very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we’ve done the street-level heroes, and we’ve done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We’ve now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.

So Strange is very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies. So we’re about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we’ll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year.”

“Reality”, huh?  Could this mean once Doctor Strange arrives, he will be the MCU’s chance to introduce the Reality Stone (one of the stones that fits into the Infinity Gauntlet, which has slowly worked its way into recent fold of Marvel movies)?

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It’s cool to know that Feige has such a broad expectation and hope for the supernatural side of the MCU, and how it could help introduce more story lines and characters down the road.

What do you think?  Will we hear any more news about Doctor Strange at San Diego Comic Con next month?  As always, stays tuned for more.

– Josh Sazin, 6/21/14

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