These folks at Marvel Studios sure do like to plan ahead. We haven't even started their official slate of "Phase 2" superhero movies, which includes Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, and already they're making plans for "Phase Three." We already knew that Edgar Wright's Ant-Man was scheduled for November 6, 2015 (just months after the May 1, 2015 release of The Avengers 2). Now, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige has confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Stephen Strange, is getting his own movie as well.
"Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three," Feige told MTV. "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… 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."
The "only reason" they're making Ant-Man is because Edgar Wright is involved? That doesn't imply much confidence in the character, now does it? Nor does it bode well for the Ant-Man's involvement in the larger continuity being created by Marvel Studios. Well, Feige feels much more confident about Doctor Strange…
"Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of [the Phase Three films]," Feige added. "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."
Originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963, Doctor Stephen Strange was a successful neurosurgeon whose hands were irreparably damaged in an automobile accident, ending his career. Seeking a cure for his affliction, he traveled to the Himalayan Mountains, where he encoutered The Ancient One, the "Sorcerer Supreme" who taught Doctor Strange the mystical arts and opened his eyes to a world beyond his own selfish problems. In the years that followed, Doctor Strange himself became the Sorcerer Supreme and has repeatedly defended humanity from malevolent demons and gods like Baron Mordo (The Ancient One's other, jealous pupil), Mephisto (Marvel's version of The Devil), the demon Dormammu, and even Dracula himself.
With Marvel Studios very busy with Phase Two, we expect it to be quite some time before any official word comes down on who might direct and star in a Doctor Strange movie, but we're sure you all have some ideas. Who would you want to see behind and in front of the camera?