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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has so far managed to avoid the more ludicrous elements of comic-book lore. Sure, Thor being a demi-God from another dimension might be a lot for a superhero laymen to wrap his head around, but we accept it for what it is. However, Doctor Strange might be a bit different. This guy uses full blown magical powers - and that's a long way away from radioactive spiders and super-soldier serums.

During a recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier press junket, Badass Digest took the opportunity to ask Marvel boss, Kevin Feige, how Doctor Strange's magical powers would fit into the mostly 'tech' and 'science' based Marvel Cinematic universe. He replied:

Are you watching the Cosmos series [Neil deGrasse Tyson's space documentary series]? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic? You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer - 'How is this happening?! - and nothing. Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip. The Marvel producer also addressed the recently released Doctor Strange

The Marvel producer also addressed the recently released Doctor Strange director shortlist. Earlier we learned that Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Mark Andrews (Brave), and Jonathan Levine (50/50) were all being considered for the job, although it now seems some of these guys are no longer in the running. Feige told Slash Film:

We’ve met with all of [those three]. Some of those three are not in contention anymore. Some of those three we’re still talking with and there are many others. We have not narrowed it down as much as the internet thinks. I wish we had.

What do you think? How would you introduce magic to the Marvel Cinematic Univese, or in a world of Norse Gods, chitauri and Rocket Raccoons do you think it really matters? Let us know below.


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