Captain America: Civil War is half-way through principal photography for its release next May. It’s the first chapter of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and much like this year, the large ensemble will be followed up with an origin story of a new character.
Where 2015 will introduce Marvel movie fans to one of the founding members of The Avengers in Ant-Man, 2016 will introduce one of the most powerful in Doctor Strange.
Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) made his way to London this week to begin preparing for production on Doctor Strange at the same studios where Marvel previously made Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we’ve yet to hear of any official castings outside of Benedict Cumberbatch playing the titular Master of the Mystic Arts or see any imagery from the film, reports indicate Marvel is close to signing (or perhaps already has) Oscar-worthy talent in Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton.
From what we do know of the movie, the fan-made video up top – designed by This Is Productions – serves as a stylish and worthy title screen to what Marvel Studios is planning for their Sorcerer Supreme. It’s incredible. With San Diego Comic-Con coming up in a matter of weeks, despite Marvel Studios opting not to host a panel presentation this year in favor of unveiling their Phase 3 film schedule and Spider-Man plans in October and earlier this year, respectively, they always have a presence on the show floor.
Typically, props, set pieces and/or costume pieces from upcoming movies make their way to the Marvel booth where the company hands out posts of conceptual art of their film characters. We expect their to be a set of Civil War posters this year but are hopeful that they also have a first look at Doctor Strange too. In the meantime, Derrickson shares non-movie Doctor Strange artwork weekly on his Twitter account, giving some indication of what he’s looking at to make it look different compared to what Marvel has produced previously. Here are his four latest:
Take a walk on the wild side. pic.twitter.com/JL8DJmdL22— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 16, 2015
"Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up into the light..." pic.twitter.com/gWuQgbRj7J— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 19, 2015
You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. pic.twitter.com/5PUSSi8vJG— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 22, 2015
"If your eye is good, your body is filled with light. But if your eye is bad, your body is filled with darkness." pic.twitter.com/KKBa3cVMT0— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 26, 2015
Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige wasn’t joking when he described Doctor Strange – a long-time passion project of his – as a film that delves into quantum mechanics, string theory, parallel dimensions and other Sorcerer Supreme-esque craziness.
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.
Source: This Is Productions (Hat tip Nick)