Doctor Strange writer Jon Spaihts

Ant-Man? Who’s that? The latest newsmaker for Marvel is strange. Dr. Stephen Strange, to be exact. Marvel recently announced Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) as director of Doctor Strange (or Dr. Strange; we’re not certain which title will be used) and now one more piece of the movie’s puzzle has been revealed. Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the first draft of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and also for the sci-fi / romance / thriller Passengers, has been hired to script.

After the break, we’ve got a few more details on that hire, and also Derrickson’s own comments about the project.  Read More »

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange has become one of those projects that seems to inspire a new casting rumor every other day. Earlier this week, Jared Leto was said to be one of Marvel’s picks, and today we have word that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are also being considered. Hit the jump for more details.

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Marvel’s next film announcement is Dr. Strange, and the film has a director. Scott Derrickson, who recently made Sinister, will direct Dr. Strange. Derrickson was mentioned as being a possible choice a few months ago. He has also directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose and the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. He has been in development on a film based on the video game series Deus Ex, but expect Dr. Strange to take priority. Read More »

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Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin playing out in theaters next month, but meanwhile the studio is already getting their plans in place for Phase Three. Earlier this year, Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would “definitely” be involved in the next stage of the Marvel franchise. No director or star has been announced just yet, but rumors about who might fill those roles are starting to spring up.

According to a new report, actor/writer Justin Theroux is being eyed for the Doctor Strange role, and may even be working on the script already. Meanwhile, Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez is said to have met with Marvel Studios to discuss the Doctor Strange directing gig. Alvarez himself denies it, but it’s not like we’ve never seen a filmmaker lie about this kind of thing before. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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As more and more news leaks about Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our curious natures take over. Sure Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are all getting new movies, but which characters and Easter Eggs will be included that look ahead to The Avengers 2 and Phase Three? The safe bet would be to look at set photos like these as well as the plots of Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, things that have some basis in realtiy. But what’s the fun in that?

It’s more fun to go way out there on a limb, and a new rumor does just that. The rumor is that Dr. Strange will appear in Thor: The Dark World and Marvel wants Viggo Mortensen to play him. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Marvel’s Phase Two is coming together. That was the message presented at New York Comic-Con this past weekend as Marvel President Kevin Feige was on hand to promote next summer’s The Avengers. Of course, he was also bombarded with questions about what’s happening after that. Among the revelations were that the first post-Avengers movie, Iron Man 3, is the beginning of a new phase that will ultimately lead to The Avengers 2 and that film will likely feature a new team. Doctor Strange could factor into that plan and the Hulk TV show might even link up. It’s all explained after the jump along with the full Avengers panel for your viewing pleasure. Read More »

Doctor Strange is a comic book property that has seemingly been high on Marvel’s list of possible projects for a couple years. The character, an arrogant surgeon injured in an accident who becomes the guardian of the spiritual side of the Marvel Universe, has been teased on lists of possible projects, and last summer Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were hired to script. Just over a year after that hire, it’s time for asmall update: a script draft has reportedly been turned in to Marvel, which is proceeding with development. Read More »

We’ve known the direction the Marvel Studios slate will take for the next couple years: Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger this year, then The Avengers, then Iron Man 3. After that it’s all up in the air. Hints have been dropped about a Captain America sequel (will it take place in WWII or the present?) and of possible other new films focusing on characters like Dr. Strange.

Now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed a couple of different films in development, and even gives a tiny bit of detail about the direct sequels to this summer’s movies. Read More »

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