After the release of Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters this past weekend, Marvel's Phase Two is winding down, with just Avengers: Age of Ultron left as the big climax. Phase Three is just around the corner, and the only confirmed titles are Ant-Man (July 17, 2015), Captain America 3 (May 6, 2016) and Doctor Strange, which doesn't have a release date set at this time.
While doing press for Guardians of the Galaxy, producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased new details about Doctor Strange, although he wouldn't reveal if Joaquin Phoenix is actually in talks to play the title character. The producer did call Doctor Strange a, "classic Marvel origin story," which he described as a "crazy acid trip."
"With Strange, it is a classic Marvel origin story because he's got one of the best origins ever. And it's our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural. Now, what is the definition of supernatural? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. The very sort of crazy - [Steve] Ditko crazy acid trip way of traveling through dimensions and traveling through other realms is something that we think is very, very cool ... playing with the perceptions of reality."
In the Marvel comics, Dr. Stephen Strange is a neurosurgeon whose hands are damaged beyond repair after a horrific car accident. Strange begins to travel the world, seeking anyone who can heal him, when he meets the Earth's Supreme Sorcerer, and he begins to learn the mystical arts. The producer revealed that Strange will approach his learning with a more scientific approach, as he struggles to find a balance between the logistics of science and the lack of faith he has in magical.
"I just watched Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos series, which is amazing, and which may as well be an acid trip. It is mind-bending and it's all based in physics and based in quantum mechanics. We're going to play a lot with the notion of that as an explanation for how the sorcerers do what they do."
The producer previously revealed in June that production on Doctor Strange will begin next spring. Are you excited for the Marvel Phase Three adventure Doctor Strange after these comments? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more updates.