Phase Three: Will Doctor Strange & Hulk Get Solo Movies Before ‘Avengers 3′?

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It was nearly three years ago when we learned that Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian) had been hired to draft a screenplay for a live-action Doctor Strange feature film. The following summer they had reportedly turned in a draft for Marvel Studios to begin searching for a director to oversee the project’s development.

With the focus at the time being on Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, both setting up for The Avengers the year after, Doctor Strange fell off the radar until recently when Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige namedropped the neurosurgeon alongside Ant-Man as Phase Three films coming after The Avengers 2.

The untitled Avengers sequel marks the end of Phase Two in May 2015 but later that year, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man launches Phase Three. Ant-Man is the only Phase Three movie (so far) with an official release date though it’s expected that Captain America and Thor will both receive third installments while other, newer characters get their big screen introductions leading up to The Avengers 3.

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It’s becoming increasingly clear that Doctor Strange will be among them. Speaking to us while doing press for Iron Man 3 in a conversation alongside director Shane Black, we brought up Ant-Man and Doctor Strange before Black asked Feige for us if Strange was actually confirmed. Feige replied:

“No, not necessarily. It’s something I talk about a lot because I want to do a Doctor Strange movie because it’s different than any other movie we’ve done. That’s what attracts me the most. But it’s all developing.”

After expressing his confidence in a Doctor Strange solo film nearly a year ago – alongside other obscure and risky projects including Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy (the latter of which is actually happening)- Feige all but confirmed earlier this year in January that moviegoers would meet Stephen Strange sometime after Ant-Man.

During his interview sessions for Iron Man 3, Feige also told Collider that one of their franchise exec producers will be shifting towards developing Strange as their next project.

“Dr. Strange is something that I talk about often and it’s sort of next up for us to dig into and explore. Our executive producer of Iron Man 3, having done Captain America: The First Avenger and as that was finishing he started working on the bones that would become Iron Man 3, and now that he’s finished with Iron Man 3, he’s working on the bones that would become Doctor Strange. Now that Iron Man 3 is finished, some of our quote-unquote spare time is going to be devoted to trying to crack Strange.”

Feige might be referring to Stephen Broussard who used to be his assistant before co-producing Cap and then exec producing Iron Man 3. As for when Doctor Strange could hit theaters?

Dr. Strange Marvel Movie Phase Three: Will Doctor Strange & Hulk Get Solo Movies Before Avengers 3?

“As we look past 2015, past Avengers 2 and Ant-Man, I think Dr. Strange should be one of the next movies in the years following that.”

Rumors had Stephen Strange possibly showing up in Thor: The Dark World but the same source provided rumors about Iron Man 3 which turned out to be false. The rumors we’re more interested in are the latest about the franchise which indicated that Marvel Studios may finally be looking to cast Black Panther – a character that could also get a debut in Phase Three.

It won’t be long until we find out more as Feige told Entertainment Weekly that it’ll be later this year when his team begins planning out what comes next since Thor 2 is already in post-production, Cap 2 has begun shooting and Guardians of the Galaxy is prepping for a summer start. Next up is The Avengers 2 and Joss Whedon’s first draft of the script is already done.

“Within the next year or so we’ll really start the advanced planning on post – Avengers 2, and I would love Strange to be a part of that. There’s a whole supernatural/magic dimension going on in Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on.”

Ant Man fitting in with the Hulk storyline Phase Three: Will Doctor Strange & Hulk Get Solo Movies Before Avengers 3?

Another big possibility for Phase Three is a third attempt at selling a Hulk solo film, but Feige indicates that such a project wouldn’t be a Planet Hulk adaptation:

“There’s no script in the works or anything, but we are talking about it. All the Hulk energy right now is on Avengers 2, but Mark Ruffalo is signed up [for more films]. What we’re excited about exploring and expanding is Mark – and Bruce Banner is not in Planet Hulk at all. The fun of Hulk is his interaction with humans.”

What movies should Marvel make in between The Avengers 2 & 3 and which new characters need to be included?


Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes if Doctor Strange should join The Avengers!

Sources: Collider, EW

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  1. How I would see the line-up:


    Ant Man


    Thor 3
    Captain America 3


    Black Panther
    Doctor Strange

    Solo Hulk Movie (early in 2018, like May)
    Avengers 3 (July/August)

    • that would be dope as hell

    • @John036 – I don’t think you would see Cap 3 and Thor 3 in the same year as that leaves 2017 at risk, as there is no guaranteed ‘banker’ film at the box office because BP and DS are brand new entries into the series and are far harder to sell than Thor/Cap. I see all of those films happening but not necessarily in that order.

    • No way thy only release one movie in 2015. I hope they eventually make another GOTG, but I think the next “obscure” property will be the Inhumans.

      • Oh, never mind… I forgot they’re releasing Avengers 2 in ’15.

    • Swap Thor 3 or Cap 3 with Black Panther. Blade tie-in would be cool.

    • HEY what about guardians of galaxy 2?? And maybe Nick Fury stand alone film?

  2. As for an Ant-Man film, I will admit I am NOT very excited for it. He’s always stood out to me as the least exciting Avenger and quite frankly doing a movie about him, while it will drive me to the theaters, won’t really excite me much unless they do something extremely awesome.

    As for a solo Hulk film, I’d say scrap the idea. While the Banner storyline was amazing in Avengers, trying to put him onto one movie by himself would be waaaaay too expensive and get kind of repetitive.

    Now, as for a Black Widow film, if we get to see more of dat a$$ in those tights, GO FOR IT.

    • I really want Goliath (and wasp), and while Ant-Man is not my favorite (as Mr. Shrinkie-dink), if that is what it takes to introduce Hank Pym and get him moved upwards and onwards to Giant-Man or Goliath, then I will gladly welcome Ant-Man with open arms. In the meantime, no solo movies for Hulk, Hawkeye, or Black Widow. They could not carry a flick by themselves as well as some of the other characters that Marvel has, in my opinion. Nostalgia-wise, since I read the Avengers comics in the 60s and 70s, I wish Black Widow and especially Hawkeye were in their early comics costumes. I think in a comic universe, there would be no problem at all with those costumes looking out of place, when other characters’ costumes and powers work and do not stretch credibility too much. I also hope the likely impending Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have their old costumes from the early comics. Any time we have strayed away from costumes (X-Men is just one example), people including me have complained long and loud. Just look at the hue and cry over changes for the movies in costumes for Cap and Green lantern. Black leather and Spandex do not a hero make. Apparently the clothes can make the man, tho, so let’s roll with the familiar costumes we all grew up with! Yet people rave over costumes that look like the original comics characters’ togs, like Superman and Spider-Man. I do have top say, tho, that nipples on the bat costumes were about the worst! If the movie-makers wanted to accentuate the boob-a-roonies on somebody, let them make a super-heroine movie about somebody like May West! Or one of those other bra models!

    • The thing about Ant-Man is that Hank Pym is the interesting character much more so than the “hero” Ant-Man. Which can translate well to a movie when you think about it. Actual character. Actual story. Not just origin + defeat villain copy/paste. They’ve been doing it right lately and Ant-Man fits with that mold.

      • Good point, Piperoo!

  3. We will never see it, but it would be great to have two Avenger films released every couple years. They could be filmed simultaneously, to work with the actors’ schedules, then released in lets say May and December every two years. With the base set of characters already established, you could easily introduce new characters just as fast as having their own solo films. With a runtime of just under 3 hours, there would be adequate screentime for everyone. And as far as rehashing the same characters, all you would need to do is write them off, this doesn’t need to fit the mold of a certain comic book storyline, it could be completely original ideas. So, RDJ wants to be done with Iron Man? Have Hulk smash. Sure,some people wouldn’t like the idea of key roles like Iron Man, Hawkeye and such die, but the payoff of having such a possibly epic story and film would be worth it. My dreams…

    • Keep Iron Man forever!
      Hulk, Hawkeye (as the part is written now), Black Widow, and would I be a total heretic worthy of stake-burning to even suggest Nick Fury (?) are a little more expendable, or at least not necessary for every film.
      Expand Cap’s role as team leader a bit so he can be picked out of the crowd as the team leader.
      Get Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Goliath, and Wasp in there (looks like Q & SW might be starting to happen. Will they tie Ant-Man into The Avengers? I would if I were king….!).

  4. Antman does not deserve a stand alone movie, if so give hawkeye and black widow their own movie

  5. This is how i think it should go:

    Ant-Man in November 2015
    Thor 3 in May 2016
    Doctor Strange in late 2016
    Captain America 3 in May 2017
    Black Panther in late 2017
    Avengers 3 in May 2018

    Not a big fan of the Hulk solo movie, he works better as part of the Avengers only.

    • I like this schedule.

  6. Just give us Black Panther already…..

  7. Mrs marvel, scarlet witch, quick silver, ant man, and dr strange

  8. I love that Marvel has a plan. They have from the start. They know exactly what they’re doing and where they’re going. That is great from a fans perspective.

    • I agree 100%, which is why these are my favorite movies right now… I guess that makes us Marvel fan boys in some peoples eyes :)

      I do like the new Star Trek and I have high hopes for the next Star Wars too.

  9. Can we just scrap GOTG already? It’s not too late!!

  10. Dr. Strange as a solo film might be OK. No Hulk solo film, tho, as I don’t think he really should be a priority. Keep him as a supporting character in Avengers, tho. He seems to me a little one or two dimensional…what can you do with him (about this time a few of you are probably pointing your finger at me saying, “Hulk, smash!” and “Heretic!”, but here me out….). Guy with worries gets mad, turns big and mean and clobbers everybody, and that’s about all he does. Sounds like every Saturday night in a college town bar to me. You can do more and have more latitude with other characters, to enhance the story-line. Planet Hulk idea seems dumb to me, and takes us in directions we don’t need or have time to go to in our life-times. better story-lines await for the Marvel Universe.I would rather see a concentration on Avengers #2 & #3 (and getting some other characters trotted out, like Goliath/Hank Pym, Wasp, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch, Ultron, Kang, perhaps Skrulls, Whirlwind, and Diablo, to name a few for the Avengers franchise). Perhaps a solo flick for heroes For Hire (Power Man and Iron Fist), the proposed Inhumans movie, and perhaps Black Panther either in Avengers #3, along with Vision, or perhaps Black Panther as a team-up with Captain America in Cap #3. I would love to see the “real” Mandarin like in the early comics zipping around, rings zapping away one on one in a battle against Iron Man, but now that marvel and Shane Black & Co. have kind of “made their bed” with the various Mandarin-ish aspects of IM#3, they may have to lie in it. I am not quite sure how to “fix” this! Oh, and daredevil vs. Mr. fear and Kingpin, which was once suggested long ago after DD #1…could this be a revisited possibility now? Hope so! It would be nice if Marvel could put out 4 movies per year instead of just 3, if quality would not suffer. I would not mind seeing them expand their stable, but then that is just my opinion (or am I getting geeky-greedy?).

  11. “What movies should Marvel make in between The Avengers 2 & 3 and which new characters need to be included?”


    Secret Avengers (aka Avengers 2)


    Doctor Strange
    Black Panther


    Hulk Solo Film


    Avengers Assemble (aka Avengers 3, where Thanos finally confronts our heroes)

  12. Reinvent sentry for the mcu. He’s a broken character in the comics. They never know what to do with him. Keep the sentry/void core but redo everything else, origin/motivations/etc. the void could then become something quite frightening on screen requireing all heroes on board to deal with magic/tech based etc..

  13. I’m kinda hoping after Phase 3 that Marvel branches out, takes their street-level characters and releases some movies. Maybe a separate Marvel Knights studio? It would have to be a separate studio IMO, as long as it’s NOT FOX.

    We need a proper Daredevil and Elektra (based off Elektra: Assassin) which would be my first two releases for the next phase. Next would be the Punisher. The central villain would be the Kingpin. Iron Fist, Shang-Chi and Moon Knight can make appearances or have solo movies along with Ghost Rider and others. The only way I think these movies would work is with a mature rating. Maybe even do a “Shadowland” story arc?

    The only problem, which is workable, would be no Spider-Man. Which is why I want a crossover with Sony to happen ASAP, which will mean a least a cameo or two would be guaranteed. This happens and Marvel would rule the comic book movie industry for at least the next decade after Phase 3.

    • Iron Fist would be good, but pair him with Power Man (Luke Cage) for a Heroes For Hire movie. Moon Knight could be interesting somewhere on the screen as well.

    • Have Paramount do the street level movies. The budget doesn’t need to be as big as the Disney movies. OR use these heroes as a way to make a cheaper deal for a Spiderman cross-over with the Avengers. This would play good because these heroes, including those in the Spiderman series, all interact with the central antagonist, the Kingpin.

  14. I think that it must must must to be Black Panter the first of the films!!
    Ant Man and Dr Strange are in work its great
    I sure that Luke Cage need to be done! And Fantastic Four must to be re-arenge and involve in phase three!! This is the main taughts!!
    I think this is the list of characters that need to be included in phase 3 or 4 to:
    Iron fist
    Captan and Miss Marvel
    Blade can be nice option to return maybe Morphius from spiderman can be nice to!!

  15. 1 – Man-Thing.

    I can see a DTV solo film or a supporting character in a Doctor Strange or Hulk 2 film. There are at least two direct ties to the MCU and two more possible ones.

    *The Super Soldier serum had been already replicated sometime between the events of Captain America and Incredible Hulk. Bruce Banner did not know his Gamma testing included samples of that formula. So who made the replicated serum?

    *There is “Ellen Brandt” in Iron Man 3, one of the Extremis test subjects. She is Ted Sallis estranged wife in the comics.

    * The Nexus Of All Realities which Man-Thing guards can also explain how Thor arrived on Earth to re-capture Loki in The Avengers, since The Bridge was damaged.

    * Some “Hulk” sightings in the Florida Everglades may be that of Man-Thing, who might be mistaken for The Hulk. In addition, in Incredible Hulk, there was an army base near the Florida Everglades. (The Nexus Of All Realities was near the Florida Everglades just outside the fictional Citrusville)


    Black Panther is a stronger contender for a film though. There’s been easter eggs in Cap FA and Incredible Hulk.

    I would love to see a Doctor Strange film.
    I would be more stoked to see Namor on film.

    • Bifrost is fixed, as shown several times in the Thor 2 trailer.

  16. Doctor Strange would be GREAT and sometime after that in phase 3 there really needs to be another Hulk and also a Black Panther..

    But then we are possibly looking at
    Dr. Strange
    Black Panther
    Thor 3
    Cap 3
    Avengers 3
    I really think that would work, maybe they may want to throw in another movie or so but I don’t think they want phase 3 to have many more movies than that in phase 3. We all know Phase 2 will consist of only 5 movies
    Phase 1 was 6 movies, and If this is how Phase 3 pans out that is 7 movies in Phase 3…. Maybe they could really please EVERYONE and give us 1 more film in there…. Now I dont know a ton of Marvel characters but I know they have plenty that could serve well as a one off…
    Personally I would like 1 more Iron Man DONE CORRECTLY and to finish off the Character that gave ALL OF US the MCU!

  17. 2015

    – ant man


    - captain America 3
    - black panther

    - doctor strange
    -guardians of the galaxy 2

    - Thor 3
    - avengers 3: civil war

    • if the use norton hulks actors in a ruffalo hulk movie im out. the only way the marvel universe is working for me is by ignoring nortons hulk

      • How? That was the first official Phase 1 movie. I didn’t think it was that bad, I actually thought Thor was a worse movie. It does suck that it wasn’t Ruffalo in that movie though.

      • Dude nortons hulk and ruffalos hulk is the same character in the continuity. There’s no ignoring happening here.

    • YIKES, somI type tfast and ont proof read

      HAS ANYONE read this yahoo article about^^^^^^^^^^ Thats what it is supposed to say!

  18. Hulk will smash the box office! We NEED a good hulk story! Maybe throw him into some S.H.I.E.L.D. conspiracy involving Samuel Sterns and Blonsky and whoever else.

    We also need an explanation as to how Blonsky was taken into custody by mere humans after Hulk leaped away into the night. Sure, hulk beat him down, but he’s still 11 feet tall and 5,000lbs of bone and muscle!

  19. Antman fall 2015
    Dr strange 2016
    Black panther 2016
    Thor 3 2017
    Captain 2017
    Iron man4 2018
    Avengers 2018

  20. Antman fall 2015
    Dr strange 2016
    Black panther 2016
    Thor 3 2017
    Captain 2017
    Black widow hawkeye 2018
    Avengers 2018

  21. I think there’s too large a gap between Guardians of the Galaxy (summer 2014) and Avengers 2 (summer 2015). With how well spaced Phase 1 was, I just don’t buy that they’ll leave that big of a gap in the story. That’s too much time for people to lose interest. We live in the day-and-age of instant information and overnight shipping. People don’t have patience for that.

    If Guardians tells us more about Thanos and ties the Avengers to the story in space, the movie needs to follow quickly. I also don’t want to see them “phase out” Stark and Thor in favor of terrible characters like Black Panther. (From the sounds of recent contract disputes, that may be the case.)

    I think this will stay most successful by maintaining a smaller core of characters, while permitting Thor to deal more specifically with Asgaard (as in the comics – he wasn’t always there with the Avengers), or get rid of Black Widow or Hawkeye (who frequently left on spy/SHIELD business).

    Iron Man, Captain, and Hulk are far too iconic and must remain central to the story.

    With Ant Man, however, they could have Avengers 3 take on the Ultron saga; or stretch Thanos out over 2 movies. Have the team actually lose in part 2, a la Empire Strikes Back, and build up to the finale. It will feel silly if they just try to go bigger with Galactus, for example. Besides, Thanos with the Gauntlet was a bigger threat than Galactus anyway…

    • Yeaaa. I know it’s long and I kinda took the Story Idea for the two movies straight from the Comic Book and WIKI.. but I think tHose TWO ARCS WILL MAKE GOOD DR STRANGE MOVIES

  22. the hulk and dr. strange have a long and storied history, beginning with their alliance in the defenders. dr. strange always was able to calm the hulk and pacify him like no other in the marvel universe and I think it created a unique relationship. no one in the marvel universe was able to do that. He became a close friend of the hulk. He also betrayed the hulk as a member of the illuminati and banished the hulk to another far off planet. this was actually the 2nd time the hulk was banished into space, it was explored earlier in the incredible hulk comics issue 300 on, again with dr. strange involved…I think u need to explore the hulk more and dr. strange as well before u approach the planet hulk stories. dr. strange will bring the mystic arts into play, a great entry to another world that marvel explores. similar to the guardians of the galaxy that opens the marvel world to the cosmos. a dr. strange movie should have a surprise ending that dr. banner appears and meets dr. strange. knowing that banner tried different methods to get rid of or calm the hulk, maybe the master of mystic arts can explore the hulks mind and try to rid banner of his demons. you can do a hulk movie that includes Stephen strange and u could go so many different way with it. the defenders are out due to the Netflix mini series…a smaller scale of the actual defender comics. the point is Dr Strange is integral to the hulk and vice versa. like black widow said in the avengers we weren’t prepared for this world of gods and monsters and now u can include space and a whole other universe that includes black magic. anyway who doesn’t want to see a fantastic four vs the hulk movie, before the other heroes banish him. I bet that would be awesome.