June 21, 2014 7:30am PT by Graeme McMillan
Kevin Feige Explains Why 'Doctor Strange' Is 'Very Important' to Marvel
What's the most important movie on Marvel Studios' upcoming slate? According to president Kevin Feige, that would be Doctor Strange. At CineEurope in Barcelona, he explained why that was the case.
"I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic book universe," Feige told the audience during a Q&A session at the industry event. "We've done the street-level heroes, and we've done the billionaire superheroes. We've now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians [of the Galaxy]. 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 went on to call the movie "very, very important, not just because it's an amazing character study and a journey of a man who's gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies."
According to the executive, a new writer — likely Jon Spaihts — will be hired soon to rewrite the existing script for director Scott Derrickson, and the studio will "be casting probably in the next month or two" with the aim of starting production in spring 2015, suggesting that Doctor Strange will join the untitled third Captain America movie to complete the Marvel slate for 2016.