Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts could be materializing on the big screen. Sooner or later.
“I’d say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists,” Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige tells MTV’s Splash Page. “I love the idea of tapping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn’t yet seen life on screen. It’s something I’m very, very interested in.”
Doctor Strange is certainly no, um, stranger to adaptations in other media: He appeared in a 1978 television movie, a 2007 direct-to-DVD animated film, plus a few cartoon cameos. A feature film has been listed as in pre-production since at least the mid-’80s, with rights and scripts being passed around Hollywood over the next two decades.
So, what makes this go-around any different? One, Marvel now has its own movie studio. And two, the company seems to be feeling its oats after elevating Iron Man — long considered a second-tier character — to blockbuster status.