The Doctor Strange movie may not be exactly new news, but the project has definitely moved on since the story first emerged. Marvel's top dog Kevin Feige, currently doing the press rounds to promote Thor: The Dark World, crystalised the studio's thinking in an interview with Movies.com. To whit: "It's in active development right now.”
“Doc Strange, as I’ve been saying for years, is a movie I believe we should make," Feige elaborated. "We’re just figuring out how to make it a great movie.
Marvel's Phase 3 will kick off with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in late 2015, followed by two yet-to-be-officially-announced projects in the summer of 2016 and ’17 respectively. Feige was tight-lipped about which of these would be Doctor Strange, if either.
“Whether that’s one of the movies we announce for 2016 or 2017, we have to see,” he said. “I think it’ll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post Ant-Man films will be. Stuff might happen before that. It’s too early to tell.”
We suspect Feige is a little further on than he's admitting, since he said they already have "some ideas of what we're doing" in 2016 and 2017 that ruled out a female superhero-led film in the next few years, and our guess is that Strange will end up in one of those two slots. Still, Marvel is keeping its powder dry until Ant-Man is a little closer to shooting and Phase 2 is further advanced. In the meantime, we've kicked some ideas around on who should play the Sorcerer Supreme. Join the debate here.