Marvel Studios has teased the existence of Dr. Stephen Strange in their past movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Over the past year or so, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hasn't been able to not tease the fact he wants a Doctor Strange movie badly.
Now, writer/director Scott Derrickson has confirmed that he will indeed direct Marvel's Doctor Strange movie via his Twitter account. (See the tweet embed below.)
For those who are not be familiar with Derrickson's work he is a horror genre geek. He has The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil under his belt and each of his films (except Deliver which hits theaters this summer) have made a ridiculous about of profit since he's stuck to low budget horror films. As an example, Emily Rose was filmed on a $19 million budget and made over $144 million in the box office.
Profitability could be one of the reasons Marvel Studios hired Derrickson (because The Mouse loves profit), but he has a distinct style and mood to his horror films. This may be why Doctor Strange could be just as much a Marvel Studios horror movie as it is a Marvel Studios comic book movie.
Horror and the supernatural have a symbiotic relationship and need each other all the time in the genre. According to studio president Feige back in April, Doctor Strange is exploring the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Even though Doctor Strange has yet to be officially announced with a release date, it is apparent the good Doctor will be included in Marvel Studios' Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe joining Ant-Man and Captain America 3. In other words, it's looking like a late summer 2016 release date could be Doctor Strange's target for theatrical release.
Stay tuned because when a director is hired it means the script is ready, the green light and an official release date will be soon and leading actor rumors will begin as well.
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