Doctor Strange confirmed for Marvel Phase Three

Kevin Feige talks Ant-Man and more…

There's magic afoot, with Marvel's Kevin Feige confirming to MTV that Phase Three in the cinematic universe will feature Doctor Strange.

The magician, created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the '60s, has long been mooted for the movie treatment, and looks like he's going to get it (eventually).

A neurosurgeon who loses control of his hands, Dr Stephen Strange headed to the Himalayas where he was taught mystic arts, and he later became known as the 'the mightiest magician in the cosmos.'

With Marvel refusing to rest on their laurels, the line-up for Phase Three won't just be a re-run of Phase Two, and will feature a different breed of superhero (it's not all about bemuscled beefcakes, y'know?)

First up is Edgar Wright's Ant-Man. Feige told MTV, "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, Marvel will be looking beyond the core guys in that group. When MTV pressed to ask if Doctor Strange could be part of those plans, Feige responded, "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's totally different from anything we've done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited."

We'd expect Strange's magic to be dealt with in a similar way to Thor's (rooting it loosely in science), but we won't know for sure for some years yet. With The Avengers 2 set to open on 1 May 2015, Phase Three is still a way off...

Is Doctor Strange ripe for the movie? Who would you cast? Drop your opinions below…


    • Ali1748

      Jan 26th 2013, 18:34

      Guillermo Del Toro would be perfect for Dr Strange but I doubt he's got enough time with his 20,000 projects he's got in the pipeline.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Jan 26th 2013, 21:31

      Huh? I was under the impression that Ant-Man was supposed to be part of Phase 2...

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    • marvelboy

      Jan 27th 2013, 11:23

      Nah mate Ant-man is a couple of months after Avengers Two - but I'm hoping they will make reference during phase two, even if its a simple naming a Hank Pym. But doctor strange is a surprise a good surprise, I'm hoping in phase three they will give us some heroes for hire, or possibly a female standalone movie would be nice, spider woman, Mrs marvel these are Seton female Avengers members

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 27th 2013, 15:44

      How many phases are there?

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    • farflungskillz

      Jan 27th 2013, 16:22

      R Patz ?

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    • dangoodfellow

      Jan 27th 2013, 17:04


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    • FBJRider

      Jan 27th 2013, 22:26

      I sure hope they make a Ms. Marvel film or should I say Captain Marvel?

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 28th 2013, 4:06

      I take it the grand plan is to reach The Avengers 3 but now that Marvel has a studio and will likely be making movies for decades they should maybe just ditch the whole phase talk.

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    • Demortu

      Jan 28th 2013, 13:06

      Excellent. Derren Brown for Doctor Strange, please.

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    • alexr

      Jan 29th 2013, 15:10

      Charlie Sheen to play Doctor Strange. WINNING!

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    • socialcareer

      Jan 31st 2013, 11:53

      Some people says its unbelievable , some who earned says its a wonderful opportunity to earn about $5500 in 1 month..... on website/internet, did you read the site

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    • anibacon

      Apr 4th 2013, 3:12

      i've said it a some other sites; Oded Fehr would be awesome as Dr. Strange. and not just because he looks the part.

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