DOCTOR STRANGE Publicity Begins: President, Director on Character’s Importance

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In a pair of interviews, both Doctor Strange Director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige have been talking about the next character to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

”I think when you consider the work that I’ve done it makes sense that he’d be my favorite comic book character,” Derrickson told JoBlo. “[He’s] probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I’m suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Strange Tales. I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.”

Derrickson went on to say that he went after the director job hard, not only out of his love for the character but because he “genuinely felt like [he] was the right guy to do it.” The director, who tweeted a picture of him holding a Doctor Strange comic after the news leaked, added that fans’ responses to him getting the film and the character in general has left him “pleasantly surprised.”

Meanwhile, Feige told an audience at CineEurope, as covered by TotalFilm, that Derrickson is confirmed as the director of the film, and that the character is “very, very important.”

”Doctor Strange is a character that I've been interested in for many, many years and that I've talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we've done the street-level heroes, and we've done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]. We've now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side - the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.,” Feige said.

The Studio president also confirmed they’re having a writer “redo a draft,” (writer Jon Spaihts was previously reported as an incoming writer for the film) and said they’ll cast and announce an actor “in the next month or two,” with a target of Spring 2015 production.

At the same film event, Feige gave some quick notes on several other properties. He said he thought Days of Future Past was “a very, very good movie,” and that while “nothing is impossible,” he doesn’t see any X-Men or Spidey crossovers into the MCU anytime soon. He reassured fans that “much of [Ant-Man] will still be based very much on [Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish’s] draft and the DNA of what Edgar has created up to this point.” He praised director Peyton Reed and writer Adam McKay who is “reworking parts of the script.” Ant-Man will start filming in August for a July 2015 release.

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