Marvel’s next movie is getting an extra dose of strange: Movies.com is reporting that Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige wants to feature Doctor Strange in the studio’s next phase of superhero flicks.
“Doc Strange, as I’ve been saying for years, is a movie I believe we should make — we’re just figuring out how to make it a great movie,” Feige told the site. “It is in active development right now. Whether that’s one of the movies we announce for 2016 or 2017, we have to see. I think it’ll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post ‘Ant-Man’ films will be.”
There’s a lot to parse from that quote, but the biggest takeaway is that Strange will definitely be hitting the big screen sometime this decade, potentially as soon as 2016. Strange, a former neurosurgeon who gains magical powers, serves as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, protecting the planet from various mystical threats. The crossover potential is huge — as it is for most Marvel properties — since Strange has appeared in standalone titles as well as popped up in other heroes’ stories, including those featuring the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man.
As for when Strange’s screen debut date will be revealed, Feige played it coy when questioned about whether a firm decision could be expected in time for an announcement at next year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
“Maybe,” he said. “Stuff might happen before that. It’s too early to tell.”
For more from Feige, including his thoughts on a solo female superhero movie, check out the interview at Movies.com.