Marvel Shoots 'Doctor Strange' in 2015 for Likely Summer 2016 Debut
While we still don't know who will end up taking the title role in Marvel's Phase Three film Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix being the last actor linked to the role, that doesn't mean the comic book studio isn't getting production in order. And Screen Daily reports Marvel is currently working out their schedule with Pinewood-Shepperton Studios across the pond (where Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now) to shoot the film starting around May 2015, lining the film up for release on July 8th, 2016. The date has yet to be confirmed but since it's Marvel's most immediate project following next summer's release of Ant-Man and this is the next date in their long list of reservations, it just makes sense logically. More below!
Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister) is set to direct Doctor Strange with a script from Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, working from a previous draft by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. The film will reportedly already see Doctor Strange with his powers already intact, so this won't be just another origin story, though he won't yet be the superhero we'll see him become either. It'll be interesting to see how Marvel introduces this mystical character into the cinematic universe, but since they've already successfully blended the cosmic universe with what's happening on Earth, we're not worried.