strangeDoctor Strange is a movie that has been talked about for a long time, but nothing has been official. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said on numerous occasions that the Sorcerer Supreme is a character he’d like to see on the big screen in the near future. With Ant-Man kicking off Phase 3, it seems that Dr. Stephen Strange will probably tag along in the second or third slot of the upcoming new phase of movies. While sitting down with various sites at the Captain America: The Winter Soldier press junket, Feige was asked the Strange question. Marvel‘s head honcho teases the upcoming announcement and how magic may work in the cinematic universe.

Speaking with the Huffington Post, Feige was asked about Doctor Strange feeling like one of the closest movies from the rumor mill that is close to being official and if we could expect to see the good doctor on the big screen in the next two to three years:

It’s time. It’s time. I would be surprised if that were the case, yeah. Maybe three or four years, yeah, we’ll see. But, I would like it to be the case. Much like Vin Diesel, I like it when something finally happens, and then we can talk about what it is — versus rumors of what it could be or should be or isn’t yet [laughs].

strangeFeige got a chuckle when the interviewer pointed out that unlike Vin Diesel, Doctor Strange isn’t taunting him on his own Facebook page. While that may be fun and games, things got a little more serious when the Marvel mastermind was asked by Badass Digest how magic could work in the MCU. Things have been mostly science based with even the Asgardians‘ fantastical achievements being chalked up to advanced technology. Feige says of the introduction of magic:

Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic?
You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer – “How is this happening?!” – and nothing.

He went on to say that a Doctor Strange movie “needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.” That’s all well and good, but you have to find a director that can pull it off. There have been several names thrown out that are supposedly on Marvel’s shortlist, but Mark Andrews (Brave), Jonathan Levine (50/50), and Scott Derrickson (Sinister) seem to be popping up the most. When /film asked Feige if those names were people they were looking at, he said “We’ve met with all of [those three]. Some of those three are not in contention anymore, some of those three we’re still talking with and there are many others. We have not narrowed it down as much as the internet thinks. I wish we had.” So it sounds like things are serous but there’s still a long way to go. With Phase 3 already starting to shape up behind the scenes, we can expect some big announcements at this year’s Comic Con. What do you think about Feige‘s comments?

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