Marvel has mined its biggest name superheroes–or those they still have rights to–so the next logical step is to try to take some of the lesser known names in the Marvel universe and try to turn them into stars.
Enter Dr. Strange. Marvel has release dates for unnamed films on April 4, 2014 and May 16, 2014. Fansshare has this bit of information about the long-talked-about project:
It has been confirmed that the script for Doctor Strange has been completed by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan The Barbarian, Sahara) and Marvel Studios are now actively seeking a director to come in and helm the project. Once the director has come on board, they will then be searching for the cast to star in Doctor Strange.The budget for Doctor Strange is not expected to be anywhere near as much as that of the bigger Marvel movies but it is still believed that, with the right script, the right director and the right cast, a good superhero movie could definitely come out of this. Production on Doctor Strange is expected to begin this year, with a release date likely to be sometime in 2013.
Well, 2013 is out–there’s no open Marvel release date during that year. Otherwise, though, it all makes sense. I think Marvel would like to create a division that makes fast, cheap “Paranormal Activity” type movies. Low budget, big profit.
Here’s how Fansshare describes Dr. Strange:
Doctor Strange centres around a New York surgeon, who stops running his practice after suffering injuries in a car crash. He then becomes a drifter and heads to the Himalayas, where he meets a healer and discovers that he has a great psychic power to fight against evil. Doctor Strange boasts powers that includes telepathy, teleportation and energy and astral projection.
Marvel has a huge, detailed history of Dr. Strange, if you’re interested.
Meanwhile, speculation has it that the other untitled Marvel project for spring 2014 is “Captain America 2.”