DR. STRANGE Confirmed 'Phase 3' Marvel Cinematic Universe

In an interview with MTV Movies, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed two of the movies in their "Phase 3" plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, kicking off in late 2015.


It was already known that Ant-Man, by Edgar Wright, will be kicking off the third round of Marvel Movies after Avengers 2 finishes the second round, which starts with May 2013's Iron Man 3. Feige divulged the first plot detail about the film, confirming it will be an origin story. He also told MTV News the "only reason we're making the movie" is Edgar Wright's involvement.

"It's very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we've seen before."

Meanwhile, Feige was pretty mum on the other films in Phase 3, though he did confirm that one long-in-development character is getting the spotlight in the coming years.

"Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them," he confirmed to MTV. "He's a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he's totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy. He's totally different from anything we've done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited."

Indeed, Doctor Strange, also known as the Sorcerer Supreme, is considerably different from the scientific charcters used so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a mythology not just steeped in mysticism but where magic is absolutely essential, Strange would need to move away from the science-fiction of the current MCU. Even Thor, who is known as a god and considered magical himself, took cares in his film to note that what Earthlings call magic they simply think of as hyper-advanced science.

With Ant-Man premiering late 2015, one would expect Doctor Strange to premier in 2016 or 2017, so don't line-up just yet. No one on the creative side was announced for the film.

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