Kevin Feige Says We'll See Dr. Strange Soon Enough!
Who is Dr. Strange, you ask? Well, he's only the most powerful Sorcerer Supreme in the whole Marvel Universe! Those unfamiliar with comics may not know that there is an entire "magic realm" from the Marvel Universe that we haven't really seen yet. So when Guillermo del Toro first mentioned earlier this year that he was interested in bringing the character to the big screen, I was appropriately very excited. But as we all know, del Toro has a full schedule through 2017, which doesn't include Dr. Strange, but that doesn't mean Marvel isn't already trying to make sure he makes it to the screen. MTV talked with Marvel president of production Kevin Feige recently and got an update that all Dr. Strange fans will be excited to hear.
"I'd say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists. I love the idea of tapping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn't yet seen life on screen." Feige added that "it's something I'm very, very interested in," with that tone in his voice that you can tell he's hinting that Dr. Strange is definitely coming soon. To give you an idea of how excited Feige is, listen to his final comment. "Dr. Strange? This is one of the best characters we have. [He represents] this amazing cosmic universe to Marvel that we haven't played with in films yet and I think could be amazing to play with."
Let's get back to Dr. Strange - the character was developed by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in a 1963 issue of Strange Tales. He is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe and is responsible for defending it from mystic threats. He is a master of the mystic arts, using his abilities to battle evil magicians and other supernatural villains, and is also often consulted by other superheroes on supernatural matters. At the time, del Toro mentioned that he was talking with author Neil Gaiman about writing a screenplay. I'm not sure if that's still the case, but I'll be crossing my fingers anyway. Maybe there is a slim chance we'll see Dr. Strange in something like The Avengers before he gets his own spin-off movie? What do you think?