Over the course of Phase One and Phase Two, Marvel has told several origin stories. Back in August 2014, a rumor surfaced that one of Marvel's most highly-anticipated movies, Doctor Strange, was going to shake things up a bit, discarding the origin story from the comics and starting with Dr. Stephen Strange already established as a superhero. With production now set to begin in November, Kevin Feige debunked that previous report, revealing that they are sticking with the origin story from the Doctor Strange comics, while teasing that they may have a different way to tell it.
"For some reason people sometimes talked about how we're not doing an origin story, we're bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they've seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn't we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it's a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn't always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it."
Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to play the Sorcerer Supreme back in December, with Tilda Swinton starring as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor portraying the villainous Baron Mordo and Rachel McAdams set to play the female lead. While her character has not yet been confirmed, there are rumors that she is actually playing Linda Carter, a.k.a. Night Nurse. Kevin Feige wouldn't confirm her character's identity, but he did state that she has a very large role in the story.
"She plays a very, very big part in the movie and represents a certain point of view of the worlds that we experience in that movie, but Doctor Strange, without a doubt, is the character we follow through the movie."
Back in July, Tilda Swinton revealed in an interview that she wasn't sure if Marvel wants her to play The Ancient One as a man or a woman. In the comics, The Ancient One has always been portrayed as a man, and, given Tilda Swinton's history of playing androgynous characters in films like Constantine, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Snowpiercer (a role originally written for a man), many were wondering what the actress truly meant by those comments. Kevin Feige clarified that The Ancient One would be a woman, although her portrayal will be quite "ambiguous."
"We get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that's very unique and doesn't fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past. It's funny you ask 'Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?' and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you'll see us playing it in ways that she's played other characters that way. Clearly she's a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal."
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange from a script by Jon Spaihts, based on the comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. What changes to Doctor Strange's origin story do you think will be made in this new Marvel adventure? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Doctor Strange as we get closer to production starting up.