January 25, 2013
Marvel Confirms DOCTOR STRANGE Is Apart Of Phase Three
Marvel's Kevin Feige has confirmed to MTV that previously announced Ant-Man and Doctor Strange will be among the post-Avengers 2 releases in Phase Three. It's the first time Marvel has been certain the Sorcerer Surpreme's solo film was ready to go. Last year the rumor of Doctor Strange showing up in Thor: The Dark World sparked some speculation if Dr. Stephen Strange had already been cast. A name that had been widely rumored was Viggo Mortensen but Marvel had to come out deny the rumor. Other actors that have been mentioned for the project include Benedict Cumberbatch and Javier Bardem. I'm still holding out hope that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist, Wolf of Wall Street) will be considered.
“‘Ant-Man’ is definitely part of Phase Three. Like ‘Iron Man 3,’ it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie…I’ve known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004. He asked me what Marvel was doing with ‘Ant-Man’ — we weren’t even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes! It’s very much an ‘Ant-Man’ origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.”
“Beyond that… ‘Ant-Man’ is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop…’Doctor Strange,’ which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is ‘Ant-Man,’ which keeps us excited.”
While a director hasn't been announced for Doctor Strange. There was talk of a script circling to unnamed candidates back in late 2011. It's possible around the release of Iron Man 3 in May the studio could name this director or save the news for Comic-Con in July. A release date hasn't been mentioned by Marvel but I could see it's occult/horror themes playing well in Fall 2015. Yet, with two releases already locked-in with Avengers 2 in May and Ant-Man in August it's likely Strange could be pushed to May 2016.