Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Feige has explained that the current plan for Marvel on the big screen is to release two films a year with one being a sequel to an established hero (such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America or the Avengers) and the other being a new character or group that expands the Marvel Universe. This plan pairs Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier with Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron with Ant Man in 2015.
2016 is more nebulous with a mystery film paired with the third Captain America movie, but the rumor is that it could be none other than Dr Strange.
“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].”
“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.”
“Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.”
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Dr Strange has long been a staple of the Marvel Universe, one of many characters I think of as ‘elder statesmen’ along with Professor X, Captain America and Tony Stark. His realm is mind-bendingly weird and distorted, visualized by remarkable Steve Ditko who pulled out all the stops creatively, making each issue a head-trip. Translating this to the big screen successfully would be a major boon for Marvel Comics, something they accomplished quite well with the mythological nine realms of the Thor films.
There’s more to come on this certainly, but if the next ‘phase 3’ Marvel U solo character isn’t Dr Strange… who could it be?