The San Diego Comic-Con is over, but Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, will always be one of the busiest men in Hollywood. The man behind the success of Marvel is quickly becoming the hardest working executive in Hollywood, and he's not slowing down anytime soon.
While "Thor" and this weekend's "Guardians of the Galaxy" have introduced the cosmic elements of the Marvel canon, the studio will take a giant leap into the mystic realm when its tackles "Doctor Strange" next. The Sorcerer Supreme has been a longtime staple of the Marvel Universe, and has been eyed for a big-screen adaptation once Marvel became the top dog of the comic book movie world. With a firm July 8, 2016, release date, the studio is going to be shifting into overdrive to continue its streak of excellence.
"With Doctor 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 love the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. Strange in the crazy acid trip way, traveling through other dimensions and realms, is something we think is very, very cool. Playing with the perceptions of reality. I just watched the Neil Degrasse Tyson 'Cosmos' series, which is amazing, and which may as well be an acid trip. It is a mind-bending and it's all based in physics and quantum mechanics and we're going to play a lot with the notion of that as an explanation of how the sorcerers do what they do," said Feige when speaking with Collider.
While actor Joaquin Phoenix has been rumored to be the front-runner for the "Dr. Strange" film, it hasn't been confirmed who will nab the big time role. Early reports from the SDCC had geek favorite Benedict Cumberbatch scoring the role, but those reports were erroneous.
"I think if Guardians works the way we certainly hope it works that would probably be the franchise to meet a lot of those people (including Dr. Strange). That would be our entrance into numerous other cosmic folk. If we spin any of those out into individual movies -- that's a question for down the line. But I think we would see those kind of characters in a future Guardians movie," Feige added.
One thing we do know, it sounds like a "Doctor Strange" film will be here faster than you can say "Eye of Agamotto."