We’ve known for some time now that Marvel Studios was ramping up production on a film based on their popular character, Doctor Strange. So much so, they actually named drop the titular character, Stephen Strange, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Well, it looks like the film is now one step closer to being fully realized, as Marvel has set their sights on director Scott Derrickson for the film. Variety was the first to break the news. Marvel hasn’t made an official announcement, but Derrickson has, as he later tweeted this image:
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014
With Derrickson now confirming his involvement, it’s only a matter of time before we find out who’s writing the film, as well as starring it in. Rumors have circulated that Johnny Depp, Jon Hamm, and Jared Leto have all been eyed for the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, but only time will tell who actually lands the role. The film will certainly part of Marvel’s Phase 3, and will probably be one of the 2016 films.
Derrickson is a really interesting, and inspired, choice for the film. His best known for his horror films Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which makes me think Marvel is looking at a darker, possibly scary take on the character. If that’s the case, that’s great, because that will certainly set the film apart from its other Marvel Studios brethren. I’m actually very excited to see the direction the film takes, and the new doors it opens for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is going to be a much wilder, darker, more supernatural style film, and it could be a good way for Marvel to reintroduce characters like Blade and Ghost Rider down the line.
Are you excited for Marvel’s Doctor Strange? Is there anyone in particular you’d like to see as Strange? Sound off in the usual place.