I’m not one to jump to conclusions when rumors are reported and studios have not yet confirmed the news to be fact. However, there is a lot hard evidence leaning toward Scott Derrickson as the director for Marvel Studios‘ much anticipated Doctor Strange. Learn more about this development after the break.
By inviting Thanos into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studio’s has opened Pandora’s Box. And the cosmic elements of the Marvel Universe would not be complete with out Doctor Strange. One of the most important characters in the history of Marvel Comics, Strange will be a huge part of the foundation of the MCU moving forward. Scott Derrickson looks like he is ready for that challenge:
Not completely set in stone, based on Derrickson’s tweet and the murmurs from Variety‘s sources, it would appear all parties are close to sealing the deal. Derrickson is most famously known for his work in the horror genre with such titles as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), and Sinister. His filmography does not have a lot of flashy action, but just enough to see why Marvel is interested in his eye for the mystic and supernatural. The good doctor was teased in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so it only seems obvious that the next step would be to give him his own movie.
A little bit about the character’s background, Doctor Stephen Strange, is a cocky, selfish, yet brilliant neurosurgeon who one day ends up in a car accident and badly injures his hands. Lost without his ability to perform surgery, Strange spirals into a fit of depression, going into bankruptcy trying to fix his hands. His last resort, traveling to the Himalayas, to seek the aid of The Ancient One who he asks to learn the ways of the mystic arts. But Strange must learn to become selfless if he stands a chance to learn the incredible powers of the mystics.
What the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been able to accomplish in its short six years is nothing short but incredible. The rich history of Marvel Comics and its characters has no bounds and they have only tapped on the surface of what surely will be the greatest achievement in cinema history. The Incredible Hulk and Thor were just the beginning of the obscure, establishing fantasy in a more grounded superhero era we live in. And now with The Guardians of the Galaxy releasing this August, Marvel is asking its fans to trust them and dive head first into the bizarre. And by adding Doctor Strange into the mix, the fun has only just begun.
The title character has yet to be cast, but we can bet that the ball will be rolling soon.
Doctor Strange does not a release date set, but is rumored to be slated in Phase 3 of the MCU during 2016 or 2017.
Scott Derrickson’s latest feature, Deliver Us From Evil, starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale, and Olivia Munn, is hitting theaters in less than a month from now on July 2.
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