How to fit Dr. Strange in to Phase 3

Kevin Feige and the rest of the execs over at Marvel seem to be having trouble finding a spot for the sorcerer supreme. Well fear not, I am hear to put everyone at ease! Here are a few ways they can go about incorporating the good doctor into the universe.

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By boboMELOSHE - 2/24/2014


A few nights ago The Hollywood Reporter released 4 names Marvel Studios are supposedly eyeing for the directors chair on their upcoming Dr. Strange adaptation. The names mentioned are Mark Andrews (director of Pixar’s Brave and the second unit director on John Carter (which deserved a much better fate than it got)), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies and 50/50), Dean Isrealite (director of the upcoming Welcome to Yesterday) and Nikolaj Arcel (director of the Oscar nominated A Royal Affair).

Along with these directors the writers of Kung Fu Panda (Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger) are said to be in contention for penning the script. More interestingly however, and the reason for this post, are the comments made near the end of THR’s article stating that Marvel is having some difficulty figuring out how to introduce magic into their sci-fi and technology based universe. No need to worry, Kevin Feige! I am here to ease your mind.

I have taken it upon myself to come up with a few ideas I believe will help the introduction of the Sorcerer Supreme be a smith one.

1. With the appearance of Scarlet Witch in the Avengers 2 (and the aforementioned Loki) magic will already have played a role in the ever evolving MCU. Audiences should not have a hard time believing in magic after seeing a girl hurling hexes left and right so why not make Strange her mentor or idol? This method provides some connective tissue with their flagship franchise and offers a nice segue into his own origin. Opting for this route would call for some flashbacks but it could be managed.

2. If they want something a little more interconnected and complex they could go the route of Thor and change some of the more out there elements Dr. Strange calls for. Dormammu could be turned from the leader of his own dark dimension to a demon from Muspelheim. Lets say Loki attempts to use the eye of Agamotto (seen in passing in the original Thor) in the battle with Surtur (it’s gonna happen). It accidentally releases Dormammu, unbeknownst to our band of heroes, and he takes refuge in the dark realm. This sets up things nicely for Dr Strange to step in and save the day in his own film. A nice after or mid credits scene with Dormammu plotting would be a great tease for what’s to come.



3. They could just go balls out and keep Strange as is. If they are willing to put a duo consisting of a walking talking raccoon and tree on the big screen I find it hard to believe a wizard would be harder to swallow.

With Lorelei showing up on Agents of SHIELD and the inevitable appearance of the Enchantress somewhere down the line (Thor 3 I’m looking at you) magic will already have a presence in the MCU. Marvel should not be afraid of the unexplainable and embrace their properties for what they are. They have been doing a fantastic job thus far and if Guardians is a hit I think it is clear that audiences will let them get away with anything.

It is also being rumoured that Mads Mikkelsen is in contention for a role in the film. Makes sense considering he just finished working with Arcel on “A Royal Affair”. Is that a hint as to who Marvel is leaning towards? Maybe, maybe not. My money would be on Baron Mordo (rival of Strange) but I could see him playing the sorcerer supreme himself as well. If the rumours are true that is.

What do you guys think about these ideas or developments? Speak your mind and leave a comment below.
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GliderMan - 2/24/2014, 2:00 PM
Just keep him the heck away from Avengers 3. Let him be his own thing in the MCU.
MrSotoMan - 2/24/2014, 2:39 PM
I agree. Let's try making superheroes that really DON'T connect to the MCU but probably another movie in retrospect.

Let's not make the tiresome efforts over and over, but Marvel shouldn't worry or not if Strange is able to be in Avengers cause honestly I can see the MCU branch out not connecting to the Avengers, yea sure you have the shows but by Avengers 2 with box office money and what not and unlimited resources from Disney, there is no way I see them ever feeling limited to making it all connect.

I say it is time for stand-alone movies, but I wouldn't disregard the Avengers franchise.
GliderMan - 2/24/2014, 2:52 PM
@Soto Well, I want these movies to connect. I just LOVE the shared universe and Easter eggs. So a lot of that. But there's more to Marvel than Avengers.
SpoonWielder - 2/24/2014, 3:01 PM
@yoss Gonna say the same thing
AlexanderLykins - 2/24/2014, 5:11 PM
The general audience likes solo movie and team up's even more. I say put him in Avengers 3. These characters are only Avengers when they team up so make him an honorary Avenger.
Wallymelon - 2/24/2014, 5:41 PM
You can have standalone films and still have it set within an established universe. As long as information gets seeded then it exists for future exploration.
MrSotoMan - 2/24/2014, 6:17 PM
^^^My point exactly.
BenjiWest - 2/24/2014, 7:36 PM
I've always disliked Dr. Strange. Would've rather Marvel stop being chickens and give us a good Daredevil film.
dethpillow - 2/24/2014, 9:54 PM
@Yossarian - yep. all there is to it. right on.

@bobMeloshe - Marvel's not gonna have Dormammu come from Muspelheim. get that thought out of your head right now.

so it looks like option 3, but i don't see what balls have to do with it.
it's just a Doctor Strange movie. it takes balls to wake up. it takes balls to fall asleep. what doesn't take balls? i'm sick of hearing about everyone else's testicles. do you know what animal has the most balls?
i don't either.
dethpillow - 2/24/2014, 9:57 PM
@Benji - Marvel's not afraid to make a good Daredevil movie.
they just wanna make sure it feels right when it happens. they've barely known the movie rights to Daredevil, they want to treat them right and make the property feel like it's being respected and not just taken advantage of and tossed away, in a moment of sensual abandonment.

Marvel's very respectful to Daredevil movies and they care about their feelings too.
BenjiWest - 2/24/2014, 10:27 PM
@deth - your probably right, but I feel like Daredevil makes a lot more sense than Dr. Strange. Daredevil has a known presence with the general audience, and I'd like to see what Marvel can do with him on the big screen. More so than Strange at least. Who knows, maybe it can allow Marvel Studios to explore less 'spectacle' superheroes and dig into the dark and gritty, and Daredevil is the perfect choice to do so.

I hate any idea of the character being restricted to a Netflix show. Netflix? No way.
Tainted87 - 2/24/2014, 10:47 PM
Doctor Strange sits on the outskirts of the Marvel Universe, on the sidelines, watching, and often he'll get involved if only to wish someone luck.

One mistake to avoid would be to skip his origin story. Add some mystery to the character. He's not a down-to-Earth character, not someone who the average or would-like-to-not-be-average teen would relate to, in fact, he's kind of a narcissistic asshole.

When House MD was watchable, did we see how House got his medical degree? How he and Wilson met? How he got to be teaching at that fictional hospital? Nope.

Don't do in the Wizard.
ManCalledSting - 2/25/2014, 7:19 AM
Since a C-list character, I wouldn't be surprised if he is changed for a movie.
EdgyOutsider - 2/25/2014, 10:58 AM
Keep Strange as is. When they do bring Doctor Strange into Phase Three, he will be in Avengers 3. He plays a big part In the fight against, Thanos. I can see him getting two solo movies at most. I prefer Doctor Strange to DareDevil as far as introducing them because we already have street heroes, not to mention cosmic threats being brought into the equation, Strange fits the bill. Not to mention I want to see the MCU expand outside of heroes like DD, Cap, Hulk, etc. More cosmic and supernatural please. Expand the variety.
MightyZeus - 2/25/2014, 6:56 PM
Eh, I wouldnt care if Dr Strange where in Avengers 3 or not but as a stand alone film set in it's own universe i'm okay with that as long as references to the MCU arent crammed in like Iron Man 2 with it's Avengers set up easter eggs.
DurtyTalynt - 2/26/2014, 11:58 AM
Dr. Strange is in the infinty gauntlet. Lets not forget his mystical powers allow him to see other dimensions and the entire universe. He could easily know whats going on in the mcu. Especially if normal humans can access the power of the tesseract. Then D Streezy shouldnt be a problem to adapt. I could see Dormamu looking for something like the tesseract. People are getting pumped for a two dollar FOX version of xmen DOFP which fricks up its own timeline and trys to incorporate time travel via a naked Wolverine then people will go see Dr Strange. Just saying lol
Ace101 - 2/27/2014, 3:49 AM
The object you identified as the orb of aggamato is in fact the tuning fork, the names of each item in the vault are written in elder furthak (i think thats how you spell it) runes right behind each item.
Keep dr strange as he is.
Pheezmatic - 3/2/2014, 5:26 PM
omg. what Tainted87 said...exactly.
J3225 - 3/4/2014, 11:17 AM
Keep Dr. Strange as is. I think that Strange´s film should stick closely to his original origin and be a stand alone film at first. (much how Ant-Man´s film has been said to be.) Dr. Strange has a brilliant origin story that begins with a quest of redemption and discovery. If Marvel uses the original origin story as a solid outline then they should be all right. As for who to play the good doctor, I found the Liam Neeson choice that was floating around some time ago appealing, but whoever they choose it´s important they type cast it close to the classic Dr. Strange in the comics, furthermore, it´s important that they create his costume correctly. (crafting the cloak of levitation and the Eye of Aggamato is key for the character.) As far as Mads Mikkelsen´s role, my guess would be the villain Nightmare. He would be perfect!

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