Marvel confirm ‘Doctor Strange’ film is in the works

Company president Kevin Feige says film will follow after 'Ant-Man'

Marvel have confirmed there’s will be a Doctor Strange film in the future.

There have long been rumours that a film featuring the magician, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the ’60s, would appear, and now Marvel’s president of production Kevin Feige has revealed the company’s plans to make one.

After the worldwide success of Avengers Assemble, Marvel are keen to get their next generation of films into production, kicking off with Ant-Man.

Talking to MTV, Feige said: “Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three. Like Iron Man 3, it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright – which is the only reason we’re making the movie.

“I’ve known Edgar since our first lunch together at Comic-Con in 2004. He asked me what Marvel was doing with Ant-Man – we weren’t even a studio then; what a difference eight years makes. It’s very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe], but a different corner than we’ve seen before.”

Feige went on to say that post-Avengers 2, which isn’t scheduled for release until May 2015, Marvel will be looking beyond the current crop of superheroes. Asked if Doctor Strange was part of those plans, he said: “Doctor Strange, which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them.

“He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians Of The Galaxy,” he added, referring to the live-action, 3D film to be released in August, 2014. No casting decisions have been made about the film.

Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon who, after losing control of his hands, heads to the Himalayas where he’s taught mystic arts and later becomes known as ‘the mightiest magician in the cosmos’.