Some stuff we just can’t stop talking about. Even if it’s years away from becoming reality, we can’t help ourselves. Even if there’s a chance nothing will ever, ever come of it, we get all excited like a kid who ate too many Pixie sticks. Of course, we hardly expect nothing to come of all this Doctor Strange discussion, Marvel’s too heavily invested in turning every character they have into something, be it their own movie, or a side character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But as the rumor mill keeps churning, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige sat down once again to chill us out.
While talking to IGN, Feige addressed a number of matters concerning the eventual Doctor Strange movie: directors, casting, time lines, etc. He even addressed the reaction to the release of last week’s initial Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. To begin with though, Feige discussed the search for a director. It was recently announced that the studio was shopping for a director, or possibly a writer/director, to massage the project into reality. But Feige says not so fast, they’re not there yet.
“Well, that article was true that we’re meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we’re meeting or what level anybody is. But we’re actively looking… We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There’s only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That’s about it.”
And if they haven’t yet got a director, then they’re certainly not close to naming a star. Not the often talked about Johnny Depp, not other frequently uttered names like Patrick Dempsey and Joseph Fiennes, and certainly not the most recently rumored Dr. Strange Mads Mikkelson. On the specific subject of Depp, and whether or not any feelers have been put out the actor, Feige said:
“No, no. When you have a project that’s been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, “Oh, I’ve met with Stan about this! Or I did that!” So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously, the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there’s a lot of things that have happened before me, and I’ve been here 14 years. So that’s a long time ago. I don’t know if that happened then.”
On whether or not they need star-power for a hero without the brand recognition of a Spider-Man or even a Captain America, Feige cited Marvel’s track record with pairing character and actor speaks for itself.
“You know, I would say that we’re pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our — well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you’re looking to track our decision-making and how we’ve done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn’t mean a movie star wouldn’t be great. It just depends.”
Finally, when it comes to Marvel’s biggest gamble yet, Feige is pleased that so many people got what the studio and director James Gunn is doing with the film:
“Well, I was very pleased with it, because it’s still early days for us, as the movie is coalescing and formulating itself in the cutting room, but there are a few things that we would be locked into: the cast, their looks, our use of music and our very unique tone. The fact that that’s what that teaser is about and that’s what people are embracing, there are a lot of happy people in the offices, that people are into this.”
So there you have it, no concrete news on Doctor Strange, but lots of context. Just another day in the nerd news business.
Source: Geek Tyrant