After so much teasing and coy hinting, Marvel Studios has finally decided to make it official: there’s going to be a Doctor Strange movie.
Announced today via Marvel’s Facebook page, a Doctor Strange standalone film has been confirmed as an upcoming addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans can expect to see the Sorcerer Supreme on big screens everywhere as early as 2016, although at present the project appears to be in pre-production with no specific release date.
A mainstay of Marvel comics since the ’60s, Dr. Stephen Strange was a famous and cocky neurosurgeon before a car accident crippled his hands and forced him to abandon his medical career. Strange’s journey to find a cure for his injury brought him to the Himalayas, where he was taught the mystic arts and became the Marvel Universe’s most powerful and prominent magician.
The idea of a Doctor Strange movie has been talked about for quite some time, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently hinting that “if and when [Marvel] enter[s] the magic arena, it will be through Doctor Strange. Sure, obviously. And that’s to me what’s exciting about Doctor Strange.”
As of now Doctor Strange is the second film confirmed as part of Marvel’s post-Avengers 2 “Phase 3”, joining Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, which is set to be released November 6th, 2015.