We’ve known for a while now that Marvel has their eyes set on a big screen Doctor Strange movie. Last week brought news that the comic book and movie giant had begun courting directors for the role, with some heavyweight names thrown around. And according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, that news was all true. Sort of.
“Well, that article was true that we’re meeting a lot of people now,” Feige said IGN.
That article was not true about who we’re meeting or what level anybody is. But we’re actively looking….We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There’s only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That’s about it.
As for who will don the eye of Agamotto and direct that sorceror supreme, Feige explained that they were sticking to their current policy of handling these films, which had proven to be successful in the past:
You know, I would say that we’re pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our — well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you’re looking to track our decision-making and how we’ve done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn’t mean a movie star wouldn’t be great. It just depends.
But Dr Strange is still a ways away, with the focus currently on the next big film from Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy. The trailer arrived last week, and the reception was universally positive for the movie. Something that pleases Feige:
I was very pleased with it, because it’s still early days for us, as the movie is coalescing and formulating itself in the cutting room, but there are a few things that we would be locked into: the cast, their looks, our use of music and our very unique tone. The fact that that’s what that teaser is about and that’s what people are embracing, there are a lot of happy people in the offices, that people are into this.
Guardians of the Galaxy at least, has a release date set for August this year. An obscure property, if it can pull seats into the box office, then the Marvel formula may be a winner after all. As for Doctor Strange, don’t expect to be casting any spells before 2016 at the earliest.
Last Updated: February 26, 2014