The Timing and Magic Behind Marvel’s Incoming ‘Doctor Strange’ Movie

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It’s not official yet but if you’re a fan of Marvel movies looking towards the future, it’s a safe bet Doctor Strange is on the schedule as one of the franchise’s upcoming new characters to get a standalone film. Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has frequently namedropped Strange as one of the top properties of interest for him and Marvel Studios, even listing it a year ago as a likely Phase 3 film alongside Ant-Man, before the latter even had a release date.

With directors now being looked at by the studio to helm the project, Doctor Strange is that much closer to becoming a reality in the next few years. Why Strange? Like Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy, the Master of the Mystic Arts opens the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to new and unexplored territory while also offering a type of film and moviegoing experience that’s different than what came before – “different” being the keyword for Feige in all of his conversations about selecting stories and talent.

As the franchise expands and new characters are introduced into the MCU, the roster for The Avengers will evolve and we’ll begin to see characters rotating in and out of the core team, partly for story reasons, partly for contractual ones as actors approach the end of their multi-picture deals with Marvel. Strange is one of the more interesting characters from Marvel Comics who we expect to have an essential role on the team in the future.

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So, with all signs pointing towards Captain America 3 coming May 2016, as the second Phase 3 film after Ant-Man, when can we expect Doctor Strange? We know from talking with Kevin Feige that the current plan is to continue with two films per year for the foreseeable future, with the first film each year being a sequel to an established property and the second representing something new. With directors already in the running and a year ago, one of Marvel’s producers beginning to flesh out the “bones” of a Doctor Strange story, it’s a likely candidate to take up Marvel’s July 2016 release date.

According to Feige in an interview with HuffPo yesterday however, it could be a year or two later. Will we get Doctor Strange in the next two-three years?

“So, we’re in 2014 now… It’s time. It’s time. I would be surprised if that were the case, yeah. Maybe three or four years, yeah, we’ll see. But, I would like it to be the case. Much like Vin Diesel, I like it when something finally happens, and then we can talk about what it is — versus rumors of what it could be or should be or isn’t yet [laughs].”

Where Iron Man is tech-based, Captain America based in the past and now embracing political and espionage themes for its sequel, Thor bringing myth to life through science and Guardians taking us into space later this year, how will Doctor Strange fit the idea of “magic” into the same franchise? Badass Digest spoke with Kevin Feige as well during the junket and asked how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will explore and make magic something relatable and tangible.

“Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic?”

“You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer – ‘How is this happening?!’ – and nothing.”

He followed up with the interesting comparison, “Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip,” which has us sold. Are you hoping to see Doctor Strange in the mix sooner rather than later, or would you prefer to see someone else, like Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Nova or the team-based Inhumans get a shot on the big screen first?

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Feige could be hinting with his numbers that Doctor Strange is the second 2017 movie but only time will tell. We should be finding out what Phase 3 will look like in the first half of 2014, and at Comic-Con at the latest.


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


Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. If Doc Stranger is indeed one of the 2017, then what will the other ‘new title’ for 2016? They said they want to do one new title and one sequel a year. 2015 has Age of Ultron & Ant-Man, so 2016 is Cap 3 & ???. I don’t think Black Panther will appear before Strange, because he’s mixing science and magic, so what will it be then? Hmmm…. another sequel?

    • Oh, and forgot to say this… but I like the concept of magic that Feige spoke of.
      That means Asgardian tech/science can be categorized as magic as well

      • Thor already made a comment along those lines in the first Thor film when he was explaining things to Jane. It was more of an inverse comment where he was saying what we see as magic is just science / technology that we don’t understand yet.

    • My comment may be wrong from earlier. Do you think that this will be a tie-in? Dr. Strange might be a stand alone movie. Idk because I thought he would be between phase 2 and 3. Now its looking like he wont make it.

  2. Scrap everything and introduce MOON KNIGHT! Long overdue for a Moon Knight film.

    • If the Dfender series on Netflix does well (including the heroes that are on its roster) then I would not be surprised if a new wave of heroes cropped up == and I would think Marc Spectre/Moon Knight would be better for that sort of format.

      • I would concur, re: Moon Knight series.

        AS FOR TIMING AND MAGIC, RE: Doc Strange, here is some of both for you all:
        “Make appear, gimmee now!”

        • The MCU is not ready for Moon Night, LOL
          Marvel would have to do Tomb of Dracula, and Werewolf by night first, to properly set-up Moon Knight. If he isn’t bitten by a werewolf how do you explain his super human strength?

          • Considering one need not follow any established character history to the letter (like… any of the currently existing portrayals), one could simply ignore all that, much like the comics have since 1981 (MK V1-06 where he states any powers he *may* have had from that were long gone), and attribute any para-normal attributes to the current long standing position that they were gifted upon him in some manner which, incidentally, chronologically pre-dates any notion of being bitten.

            While they are at it, they could completely ignore the whole multiple personality thing because that would likely be too much.

  3. I’ve been wanting a Nova movie but that should take place a movie before Avengers 3; only bcuz of Thanos. Therefore I’d love to see Doctor Strange before that. With the right director and star, this magical realm could get epic!

  4. I hope you know that they have mentioned and talked to Doctor Strange on the phone on Agents of SHIELD in the past few weeks. He’s definitely around and already integrated into the world as an established character. I wonder who’s decision that was…

    • There’s no way Doctor Strange is The Clairvoyant. For one thing, his movie will tell his origin story, so he doesn’t already ‘exist’.

      For another, The Clairvoyant is The Leader. Check the Wiki, it says: “His ability to predict probable outcomes of tactical and strategic scenarios is so advanced that it borders on clairvoyance.”

      With General Talbot, part of General Ross’ Hulk-busting squad, in an upcoming episode, it seems clear to me that The Leader will be brought in as The Clairvoyant.

      • Also, didn’t they already introduce The Leader at the end of the last Hulk movie when the Hulk blood dripped on that scientists head and his brain grew?

        • Yep. And Tim Blake Nelson, who turned into The Leader, has a multi-picture deal with Marvel (as is their custom). Perhaps they can switch that into a TV deal.

          • Or both.

      • IMO an early incarnation of Ultron is the clairvoyant. He has connections to a lot of stuff electronically which makes him appear to know things he can’t (i.e. he can crunch the #s and see the odds of something that could happen… as a clairvoyant would see the future). Also, no one has seen him and he has crazy tech like Deathlok’s leg (similar to Stark tech) and explosive cybernetic eyes.

        • But I’m sure they’ll want to show Ultron’s ‘origin’ in the movie. Having Ultron all along in SHIELD would tie the show closer to the movies than Marvel is willing to commit (IMO).

    • Actually Simmons was trying to get in contact with Dr. Streiten not Strange. I also though she said Streiten at first.

      • I mean I thought she said Strange at first.

    • nope

  5. I’d love to see a Dr. Strange movie. Old people like me…lol (48) knew about Stephen Strange and other comics, especially Defenders….which I would REALLY love, love, love to see made into a movie, but I don’t know if the younger audience would take to a Dr. Strange movie. That’s a tough call….but, I’m all for it!!


  7. So sick of all this “blah blah quantum physics, it’s not magic it’s science” malarky. Just call it magic!

    • Real magic doesn’t exist and they’re aiming for stories grounded in reality, like the Ultimate lines released over 8 or so years, upon which Marvel, Sony and Fox are basing their universes on.

      • Not to be argumentative, but there is an entire religion that believes real magic DOES exist. Just because you do not doesn’t make it so.

        • Really? I could say the same back on this point, just because you believe in magic doesn’t make it real either. And the people that “know” that magic isn’t real have the lack of any substantive proof of magic to fall back on, so it is the believers in magic who have the burden of proof at this point.
          Not trying to start an argument, just saying.

          • Well, I never said I was part of that religion, and I never said there was proof it was real, I am just saying do not sit there and say something isnt real when nobody really knows for sure. Kind of like that all powerful being in the sky everyone keeps talking about, seen him lately?

            • Magnetism was magic until we learned how it worked. Same with fire. Same with radios. There is a process to everything we do when we manipulate our world. When we cannot even fathom the process due to the current limitations of science, we consider it magic.

  8. Why can’t Dr. Strange appear before his origin story? He just appears as a regular doctor pre the accident that causes him to study mysticism..

    Simmons said, “I’ve asked Dr. Strange to consult”

    • It would be perfectly ok and possible for that to happen.

      Except that it has not yet. And she did not say that.

    • Lol, no no. It’s “Dr. Streiten” played by Ron Glass.

  9. Doctor Strange Is An AWESOME CHARACTER and perhaps my only grip with Marvel so far would be the constant delay of a DOCTOR STRANGE movie. While Black Panther is an interesting character, The Master Of The Mystic Arts brings so much more, not to mention the opportunity for expansion through the Secret Defenders and the issues of “Civil War” into the Marvel Universe – Please Mr. Feige, Bring Doctor Strange To Theaters Sooner rather than Later!!! Hell I am tall dark middle aged with dark hair and goatee..i’ll play the Good Doctor!!!!! =)

  10. Bring on Dr. Strange, he will be a great addition to the MCU…. might as well bring Dracula into the mix…. and since there is so much talk of Thanos, then Adam Warlock comes to mind….. maybe they should also consider the Infinity Watch….

  11. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Doctor Strange mentored Wanda Maximoff? Like, if she had some natural (mutant-LIKE) abilities, and they grew with exposure to different magics in the franchise? What If she touches a gemstone and has a mystical on-screen orgasm, a la Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”? Maybe Asgardians could teach her stuff, too…..

  12. I would like all the ones you listed before a Doctor Strange movie. ‘Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Nova or the team-based Inhumans’ And also Spiderwoman (even though rights would be very iffy, I love her and want her on a MCU screen)

  13. So it sounds like they’re going to water his abilities down and turn him into a circus magician. If his abilities can be explained through science, then it’s not magic. I can understand trying to ground this universe in ‘reality’ but isn’t Dr. Strange sorcerer supreme? You can have it both ways Marvel.

    • Considering the universe was built from science (a lot of people believe so anyway) then i wouldn’t call that watered down abilities.

    • I see it this way. By that logic mutants, fire, anything could be magic or science if known. I look at it instead as what the source of the power is. Iron Man uses science to get his energy, others use mutant born powers, some freak accidents. But when it comes to Dr. Strange and many of his enemies, even though they use fire and other abilities, it comes from the source of magic. Not science, gods, genes, or comsos.

      Oh and dumming down his powers wouldn’t make it the same character in my opinion. You got Cap, Prof X, Mr. F, and Dr. S as the big leaders in marvel as my opinion.

  14. Knowing who will play Strange is a priority. Cant wait!

    BTW, I´d like to see a well seasoned mature man for the role, than a young one with his sideburns dyed in white. (Im frowning upon you, Mr Fantastic from F4 films).

  15. “Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic?”

    Just, yes. Cannot wait.

    Cap 3: Black Panther crossover
    Doctor Strange

    • I think there are going to be *four* new movies, rather than three.

      If the first movie each year is a sequel, and the second movie is new, you’ve got Age of Ultron / Ant-Man in 2015… and then presumably Thor 3, Captain America 3, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 over the course of 2016/2017/2018. That’s Ant-Man plus three extra new movies.

      I like the idea of a Captain America / Black Panther crossover. I think I’d rather see the Inhumans introduced on Agents of SHIELD or as a Netflix series, though. They mostly seem to help out against other people’s enemies (Doctor Doom, Galactus, Thanos, etc) rather than having a unique enemy of their own, which would make a big screen superhero action movie a little tricky. Having them encountered by the Agents of SHIELD team means you can explore the Inhumans over multiple episodes, without necessarily needing either party to be an antagonist.

      • AOU and Antman are 2015
        Cap 3: Hearts of Darkness(working title), Inhumans/GoG 2 and Dr. Strange in 2016. Then Avengers 3 in 2017 to finish off phase three? Maybe. Cap 3 is set, title and plot who knows. The other two are guesses. Dr. Strange seems likely in 2016.

  16. Does this mean Avengers 3 for 2019?

    If the first movie each year is a sequel, and there are potentially three sequels (Thor 3, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2) in Phase 3, that would suggest that Avengers 3 isn’t until a year later.

    That also suggests three “totally new” movies (in addition to Ant-Man). I’m hoping Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and Black Widow… though given the choice, I’d rather have Captain Marvel than Black Widow. a) Captain Marvel adds a whole new heroine, Black Widow just shuffles around one who is already there (more diversity, rather than more screen time for the diversity you already have), and b) to avoid overlap with Captain America, you’d have to make a Black Widow movie about Russia… I don’t think Marvel should try adding gender diversity by telling a story about a nation internationally condemned for it’s anti-homosexuality laws.

  17. Id preffer the Black Panther movie before this one.

    The Avengers should have the king of Wakanda soon, because if not, we wont ever see Robert, the two Chris, Scarlett and co. with Black Panther

  18. If WB is able to get the live-action Wonder Woman movie rolling after BvS, it will certainly have a huge influence on the next line up of Marvel movies after AoU, when talks of Ms. Marvel or Captain Marvel being next in line will surely intensify.

  19. I don’t know how they are going to keep to the “only 2 movies per year” rule with all the new properties they are talking about coming on board. Unless they create more distance between ensemble movies that is, and that would suck. I think the success of the ensemble movie is what has really driven the MCU and if they lengthen the time between those to 4 or 5 years instead of 2 or 3, you will start losing people. I really think if they plan it out right in advance, they can bump it up to at least 3 movies per year without losing the awesomeness of each movie. That is the trick though, they would need to plan it out well, because if they ever rush anything, it is more likely to be bad.

  20. I’d love to see how they would bring a Doctor Strange movie to life. Although I am more excited for the prospect of Black Panther. As for upcoming movies, since AoU and Ant-Man are for 2015, I’d think to keep up with the sequel/new movie a year theme, they could have Thor 3 along with Doc Strange in 2016, and then have Cap 3 and something else new like maybe Inhumans or Black Panther since there has to be a second new movie for 2017 which sets up for Avengers 3 in 2018.

  21. I think the strengths and weakness of making Dr. Strange is the same. He can tie into every movie with his knowledge and power. So it would be easy to add him to the Marvel movie universe. But then everything that happens could effect his story. I thought the Infinity Gauntlet would come into play, give a necessity to have Dr. Strange. Far as I know magic and cosmic power is completely different.

    Dr. Stange would be perfect for filling any gaps between movies, but will get trickier after first use.

  22. Personally, I think we should be prioritizing Black Panther – the source of Cap’s Vibranium and intriguing character on his own.

  23. I live in a country where magic is very common. And I got to tell you, magic is another form of science. For example, when a black magic practitioner put a knife inside a human body, it’s really not that hard to explain how something like this can happen. It goes like this, the black magic practitioner simply change matter into energy, then send that energy inside a human body and then change it back into matter. Okay, probably not that simple, but it’s possible and science has proof that something like this can be done.

  24. Although I’d be riveted to see Black Panther in Cap 3, I’d prefer he has his own film. I posted a list of his Rogues gallery a few OD’s ago, it’s massive. He has such a rich history. He really deserves his own film and I think he could explode in popularity if done right, and the right T’Challa casted. The next Iron man-style breakout character.

    Perhaps a flashback in Cap 3 where Rogers meets T’Chaka’s Black Panther incarnation while fighting nazis on the Wakandan border. It would be a trip for Cap to run in T’Challa in modern day, thinking he’s the same panther. I love wakanda’s “dread pirate roberts” system of rule! Their leader seems immortal thanks to the head cowl.

    But I can’t wait for Doc strange also, maybe at some point in dr.strange 2 or 3, they’ll unite the creepy heroes for a Rise Of The Midnight Sons thing. Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider, Blade, Morbius… oh yeah I’m onboard with that! His origin film should have a psychedelic surreal quality, is Aronofsky busy?

  25. I’d love to see a Dr. Strange solo movie but to be honest I’d rather they bring another woman or minority into the mix. Let me get a what what for Ms. Marvel and Black Panther

  26. The perfect actor for playing Doctor Strange would be Johnny Depp.

    • Nope..Nope,Nope!

      Aidan Gillen or Jim Caviezel, Also I wouldn’t mind Jonathan rhys Meyers either.

      • I like your choices to play Doctor Strange, but I also like Johnny Depp. ALl those mentioned would do a magical job! (couldn’t resist)

  27. Yes! Doctor Strange all the way & into the Nexus leading thru to a near infinite number of inter-dimensional portals….Yeah!

    Doc Strange is one of the oldest (& IMHO best Marvel characters); the world of Dr. Strange is chock-full of mystery, fascinating ideas, scary realms & magick, trickery & is perhaps the character who best connects all of the Marvel Universe together better than any other Marvel Character.

    Bring on the Moons of Munipoor & the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak!

    Excelsior @ 77 Bleeker St. ;-) !

  28. Zom’s Amphora please.

  29. Just make the tone kinda like the hellboy or constantine movies and it’ll be alright