While no official Marvel Studios announcement of Dr. Strange has been made, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been very open about development of the character and film, in early 2013 going so far as to say "'Doctor Strange,' which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them," when asked by MTV if the character was in development for "Phase 3" of the Marvel Studios plan, which kicks off with Ant-Man.
Now THR is reporting that Marvel Studios is currently looking at four possible directors to helm a Doctor Strange film. The character is completely different from anything seen from Marvel Studios yet, based entirely on his mastery of magic as the "Sorcerer Supreme" rather than having a tech or genetic based gift.
The four possible directors, according to the report, are Mark Andrews (co-writer/director of Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (writer/director A Royal Affair), Dean Israelite (director Welcome to Yesterday) and Jonathan Levine (director of Warm Bodies and 50/50.) Meanwhile, the writers currently being looked at are sure to raise some eyebrows: Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger, known for Kung Fu Panda. Many of the director options may also have the option to write, however.
Doctor Strange, as noted, will be a strong tonal shift for Marvel Studios, a fact also acknowledged by Feige in past interviews. While magic has been slightly introduced through Loki, and may be further shown by Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the full introduction of a solo hero will be a major change for their films, similar to the off-beat sci-fi of Guardians of the Galaxy in comparison to the initial waves of characters.