Although a Doctor Strange film is confirmed to be included in Marvel’s Phase 3, the movie still has no release date and cannot premiere until July 2016 at the earliest. Marvel enlisted Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil) to direct and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) to revise the script written by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. With production to officially start in early 2015 and casting to begin soon, the project is one of Marvel’s most talked about, especially at San Diego Comic-Con, where we thought the studio might announce a release date for it.
Though Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, didn’t announce Doctor Strange's release date or star, he did talk more about how the film will be a “classic Marvel origin story” as well as how they will weave mysticism into their science-heavy universe.
Feige told us about how Doctor Strange will traverse through alternate dimensions and different realms. Feige said that they’re welcoming the turn to the supernatural that a Doctor Strange movie offers, and that they’re questioning the definition of supernatural.
Read Feige’s quote:
With Strange, it is a classic Marvel origin story because he’s got one of the best origins ever. And it’s our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural. Now, what is the definition of supernatural? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. The very sort of crazy - [Steve] Ditko crazy acid trip way of traveling through dimensions and traveling through other realms is something that we think is very, very cool ... playing with the perceptions of reality.
It’s certainly easy to see how Doctor Strange’s origin story could easily fit into the MCU: Stephen Strange starts off as a neurosurgeon, but after a car accident damaged his hands beyond repair, he traveled the world searching for a way to restore his ruined hands. He met the Earth’s Supreme Sorcerer and became the Ancient One’s disciple, learning the mystic arts.
However, as Feige stated previously, since Doctor Strange starts off as a scientist, he will approach magic with an eye to figuring out how things work and there will be a tension between the logic of science and the faith of mysticism. Feige said they approached the movie with a similar mindset of how the mystic arts will fit into their established universe.
I just watched the Neil deGrasse Tyson 'Cosmos' series, which is amazing, and which may as well be an acid trip. It is mind-bending and it’s all based in physics and based in quantum mechanics. We’re going to play a lot with the notion of that as an explanation for how the sorcerers do what they do.
So far, the MCU has predominantly been rooted in science. The origins of Tony Stark’s Iron Man, Steve Rogers’ Captain America, and even Thor’s arrival on Earth from his home-realm of Asgard have been explained through science in the films. It seems, as indicated by Feige’s comments, that the Doctor Strange movie won’t be too far removed from the science at the heart of the MCU.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you glad to hear that Doctor Strange's powers might be based on physics and quantum mechanics? Let us know in the comments.
Doctor Strange currently has no release date.