“There’s a whole other side to the Marvel universe, which is the supernatural side,” Feige told Empire in a latest issue, “We’ve always been very interested in this aspect and this is going back to the early days of Strange Tales with Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. I love that stuff. We haven’t done anything that mind-trippy yet and for me, Doctor Strange is our doorway into that.”
For years, Marvel fans have been teased and prodded about a possible Doctor Strange movie by writers, producers, directors and, even, Stan Lee himself. But after the above statement, all the TRUE BELIEVERS out there are beyond excited. Mainly because this statement confirms the Strange stand-alone more than any other time in the MCU history!
Also there were hints hidden in that little statement that have proven what I have known all along; Feige and the MCU brain-trust are fiercely dedicated to the old school continuity. Why else would he EVER mention the old comic STRANGE TALES in reference to Dr. Strange? Now, of course, I know that Strange got his start in the old school supernatural/horror comic. In fact, as STRANGE as it may sound, he shared the comic with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. for a while. Dr. Strange broke out from Strange Tales after issue 168 in 1968 (Once again...strange?). But so many of the supposed faithful wouldn't take the time to know this, much less bring up, not only, Stan Lee, but Steve Ditko also. Feige knows his stuff!
But what is Strange actually a doorway to? Just the possibility of the weird, occult and supernatural? No, there is so much more implied.
Taking over for Strange after he pushed out in his own title was one of Marvel's first African-American heroes and a strange one at that; Brother Voodoo. Could we see him in the future?
Another character who got his first big push in Strange Tales was the enigmatic Adam Warlock. Another character who was soon to get his own title, Warlock also had a future wrought with runins with Thanos and the mysterious Soul Gem he wore on his forehead. And, YES, this Soul Gem is one of the Infinity gems. I will leave that for you to chew on for a while.
But, of course, we're bound to see the dark side of the supernatural. Beings like Baron Mordo, the Dread Dormammu, Mephisto, Shuma-Gorath, Set, the Mindless ones, and D'spayre are all lining up for their 15 seconds of fame. So, the dark skies the limit in any dimension for the stories that come along with the good Doctor Strange.
What Kevin also may be alluding to are the few movies that have already been made that seem a bit out in another world of the Marvel Universe. And, since MCU just got the rights back from them, it is totally possible they have a reason to use Strange to bridge the gap between them and the Avengers world. I'm talking about The Ghost Rider and Blade.
Other hopefuls in my little black book are characters like Werewolf By Night, the Living Mummy, Frankenstein, Son of Satan and Hellcat, and, my personal favorite, Man-thing.
Think that last one is out of the question? Well, seeing that the girlfriend of the man who would become Man-Thing was in the first part of Iron Man 3 and the whole story behind the Man-Thing involves scientist taking a stab at the super soldier syrum; I don't think it's a far leap...
The film, which has been confirmed by Feige but never officially announced, is expected to get at least a release date and probably a director and/or star at San Diego Comic Con International in July. Reports have suggested that Jon Hamm has been cast in the part, but shortly after that, rumors came down the pike that the existing script was being scrapped and the movie was starting more or less from scratch.