Marvel's Phase Two won't even kick off until "Iron Man 3" blasts into theaters later this May, but CEO Kevin Feige already has his sights set on the third phase of films, which will presumably kick off after "The Avengers 2." A few months ago, Feige confirmed that Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" will lead that charge in 2015, but he recently revealed that Dr. Strange will also be joining the fray.
When discussing Phase Three with MTV, Fiege revealed that "Doctor Strange, which [he's] been talking about for years, is definitely" part of those plans. He went on to say that Doc Strange is "a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria: he's totally different from anything else [Marvel has], just like Guardians of the Galaxy."
Fiege reiterated the character's uniqueness by stating "he's totally different from anything we've done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited." Indeed, this should keep Marvel enthusiasts excited as well, as it's proof that the studio won't rest on its laurels, nor will it hesitate to explore the more bizarre corners of its universe.
Doctor Strange would represent the mystical sector of the Marvel-verse; dubbed "The Sorcerer Supreme," the character is Marvel's preeminent magic-user. He's not quite a traditional superhero (though he has hung out with The Avengers and other teams), which will allow Marvel to offer something a little different by the time Phase Three rolls around.
Feige's confirmation comes after months of speculation that the studio would finally bring the character to the big screen. Back in September, a specific rumor insisted that Marvel wanted Viggo Mortensen for the Sorcerer Supreme, but it was never confirmed.
While Mortensen still hasn't been confirmed (and don't expect anyone to be cast in the role for quite a while), fans can at least rest assured that Doctor Strange will arrive at some point during the next few years.
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