Marvel Studios continue to develop movies for their latest phase three. The Marvel movie model is to develop individual characters and individual movies to merge into the team of Avengers. The latest phase is rumored to include Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and now Doctor Strange.
Today Marvel Studios announced that they have selected a director for the Doctor Strange film. There is no real time table set for the movie but that it is now moving closer to reality. Marvel movie fans have said little about the movie release. There is a very good reason for the lack of buzz about the movie. Many Marvel fans know very little about Doctor Strange.
The character was introduced in name only in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Stephen Strange was one of the targets of the Hydra super weapon that would kill hundreds or thousands in a few minutes. Hydra specifically targeted high value assets that might cause additional problems for their future efforts.
Doctor Strange was also teased in the first installment of Thor. Many marvel fans missed the passing reference to the sorcerer supreme. As the Destroyer walked through Odin’s trophy room, a number of items were seen. Among them were the Infinity Gauntlet and the Eye of Agamotto. The Infinity Gauntlet is likely to be part of the Thanos saga that is continuing to unfold and the Eye of Agamotto leads directly to Doctor Strange. The Eye of Agamotto is an amulet that Doctor Strange wears around his neck and is used to eliminate illusions and create beams of light.
Doctor Strange has been in a number of superhero groups but has only assisted the Avengers on several occasions. The new presence of Doctor Strange could open Marvel Studios for another super team spinoff. There have been rumors that there will be a series of Netflix short films from Marvel and one of the teams rumored is the Defenders. Doctor Strange was a long term member of the Defenders.
Interest in a Doctor Strange movie might be limited to hardcore comic book fans. Marvel will need to generate a great deal of advance marketing for the movie. However, with the seeming success in promoting the virtually unknown Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel is up for the challenge. Doctor Strange will prove to be a mind-blowing addition to the Marvel Universe. The sorcerer supreme will appear on the big screen sometime in 2016.