With all the talk online and on social media about the recent reveals for Avengers: Age of Ultron, let's talk about something a little more ... strange. As in Marvel's soon-to-be officially green lit Doctor Strange movie.
The good Doctor already has a director attached, in horror genre expert Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose). And it has a wordsmith attached to tweak the script, in Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Even though Marvel Studios has yet to officially green light Doctor Strange, it's seems inevitable they will make it official during their panel at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.
There might even be a surprise Comic-Con announcement of which actor will portray Dr. Stephen Strange too. Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto are reportedly all in the running to land the leading role.
With a horror director at the helm and a sci-fi suspense screenwriter doing story tweaks, should fans expect Marvel's first horror movie with Doctor Strange? Studio president Kevin Feige spoke about this to Empire Magazine.
"I would say you can certainly look at the past work of the filmmakers we hire as a bit of an indication for the tone of the movie, but not necessary everything. The Russos, who are well known for their sitcoms, there is nothing sitcom about The Winter Soldier! No, I wouldn’t say just because he has only done horror movies means that Doctor Strange is going to be a horror movie. It means he is a talented filmmaker who we think could add something unique and very fresh to the particular franchise. But there could be scary moments. There are scary moments in all our movies! There are some scary people that Strange has to deal with, I will say."
Not a true horror movie but scarier than past Marvel Studios movies. Sounds like a winning formula since the studio likes to mix in a unique genre style into each of their films. This is no different than how Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political thriller, Guardians of the Galaxy is their sci-fi space opera and how Ant-Man will be a heist movie. Doctor Strange looks to be darker than previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films before it and scarier with horror elements sprinkled in. Makes sense seeing as how Doctor Strange is the supernatural side of the MCU and supernatural goes hand-in-hand with horror.
Stay tuned as Doctor Strange is sure to make a headline or two at next week's Comic-Con.