In an interview with IGN at the premiere of the new Marvel short "Hail to the King," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked openly about Doctor Strange and the status of its development.
After it was reported last week that the studio was meeting with potential directors, Feige said it was true that they are "actively looking," but that the report named the wrong names. If you want to be the director of a Marvel Studios movie, "there's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool."
As for a star for the film, Feige says they're open to just about anyone. "A movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great," the studio president teased. He did seemingly confirm the film as a Phase 3 movie in the same response, however.
"Doctor Strange would be our – well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right?" he said. Ant-Man, which starts "Phase 3" is film number 12 for Marvel Studios.