Marvel Conjures a Writing Team for ‘Dr. Strange’

Dr. Strange

Earlier today we remarked on Marvel Studios’ intent to make short films for some of their lesser known characters, giving them a Pixar-like release model in which their big features — Captain America, Thor, Iron Man 3 — would be preceded by a look at something that might not be known to mainstream audiences. For my money, this included Dr. Strange. It looks like that might not be the case after all.

For years Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has been hinting at a Dr. Strange movie. He has said on several occasions that it could very well be on their release slate for 2012 or 2013, known as the post-Avengers era. And now, at least according to a Deadline report, things are in motion. Marvel has hired Conan writers Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to work on the Strange movie, which will focus on the character, described as “a self-centered New York surgeon robbed of his touch after a car accident. After a stint as a wandering derelict, he found his way to a healer in the Himalayas, where he learned to tap into psychic powers to battle evil wizards and other wrongdoers. His mind is his weapon, rather than the brute force that distinguish most memorable Marvel heroes.”

I will say this — Dr. Strange is an interesting choice from the remaining gallery of Marvel heroes. His story is filled with mysticism and magic, something that may or may not be making a comeback these days (we’ll see how The Sorcerer’s Apprentice fairs). But over the years, he’s been a character that has earned the attention of many writers and directors, not the least of which is (the currently unemployed) Guillermo Del Toro. If the script comes together and Marvel decides to give the project a bit of funding (though it stands to reason that this would be one of the $20-40 million dollar movies they are looking to make over the next few years), it could turn out to be a wild ride.

I know one thing is certain — if done right, Dr. Strange would be a weird movie.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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