Marvel Hires Conan Writers for Upcoming Dr. Strange Movie
Earlier today we heard a rumor about Marvel's third tier characters making their big screen debut through 10-minute short films to play before feature length Marvel properties. Then we got our first look at the new incarnation of Conan starring Jason Momoa. Now, just like how The Planeteers combine to become Captain Planet, those two stories have combined to form an all-new story as Deadline reports that writers Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (who wrote Conan) have been hired to write Dr. Strange, the first third tier character to get a feature film treatment, and likely the first Marvel production as part of Disney.
It's unclear if this means that Dr. Strange won't be introduced in one of those short films, but I don't think they'd be writing an entire movie if the studio wasn't already committed to making it. If you're unfamiliar, Dr. Strange is a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon who found his gift taken away from him after a terrible car accident resulted in extreme nerve damage to his hands. Pushed into obscurity, Strange traveled to the Himalayas where he was trained by a Tibetan sorcerer to hone in on psychic powers and mystical abilities, giving him the amazing mind powers, rather than pure muscle, which he uses to battle powerful villains.
Dr. Strange even has the potential to be eventually brought into an ensemble movie as the Marvel Directory points out: "When the Omegatron threatened the planet, Dr. Strange joined forces with the Hulk and Namor the Sub-Mariner to defeat the ultimate computer. Thereafter, the loose-knit band of Defenders would unite periodically, coming together to oppose threats to humanity." This is the first major step in a long-gestating process to get Dr. Strange to the big screen, as tons of big name writers and directors like Bob Gale, David S. Goyer, Guillermo Del Toro, and even Wes Craven have all been involved in various stages of development in years passed. We'll keep you posted on further developments. Any Dr. Strange fans excited for this?