After Stephen Strange, the world’s top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who later becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts. The Doctor Strange concept and film has a rough go….and that is no understatement: Doctor Strange was initially listed as
being in pre-production in 1986, with a script by .For unknown reasons Gale’s film never went further into production,
and by 1989, had
co-written a script with . The
script had Doctor Strange traveling to the Fourth Dimension, before ending up on
where he would face . Cox and
Lee’s script was almost made by , but at
the time, Regency Films were distributed by , who
was in a dispute with Marvel over merchandising, so the film did not proceed
further.By December 1992, signed
to write and direct, with
and a release set for either 1994 or 1995.
had completed a script in 1995 for the film.
By April 1997,
had purchased the film rights and Jeff Welch was working on a new screenplay,
producing.By April 2000, Columbia dropped Doctor
Strange, which then had
attached to write a script and interest from and
By June 2001,
acquired the film rights, with Goyer back on board as writer and director. Goyer
hinted scheduling conflicts might ensue with a film adaptation of ,
and promised not to be highly dependent on .However, by August 2001,
acquired the film rights from Dimension,
and by March 2002, Goyer had dropped out of the project.
A 2005 release date was announced the next March,
while in June 2004, a script still had yet to be written.
“We are nowhere with that. That’s a tough one to write, but we are working on
it. We are trying to find the real of
the writing community.”
In April 2005, acquired Doctor Strange from Miramax, as part of
attempt to independently produce their own films. At the time, the film was
projected to have a budget of no more than $165 million.In March 2009, Marvel hired writers to help come
up with creative ways to launch its lesser-known properties, such as ,
In June 2010, Marvel Studios hired to write Doctor
While promoting for in April 2011, actor
indicated he was lobbying to play the title character.
In January 2013, Marvel Studios president
confirmed that Doctor Strange would appear in some capacity as part of “Phase
Three” of the .
Feige reiterated that a Doctor Strange feature film was in development at Marvel
Studios that May,
and again in November.In February 2014, reported that Marvel was considering ,
direct the film, and was considering to rewrite the film’s script.
Feige confirmed that Marvel was considering prospective candidates, but stated
“That article [from The Hollywood Reporter] was not true about who we’re
meeting or what level anybody is.”
By March the list of directors that Marvel was considering included Andrews,
Levine, and .
Feige also described how magic would be represented in the film, saying, “You
don’t get into it in ,
but if a scientist went to he’d
find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of
time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character
like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses
both worlds.” Feige added that “Doctor Strange needs to be a /// mind-trip.”In April 2014, Feige stated that Doctor Strange
would be the “doorway” into the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic
He expanded on this in July 2014, saying, “Now, what is the definition of
“supernatural”? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate
dimensions. [Doctor] Strange, in a very [Steve] Ditko, crazy way,
and traveling through other realms is something we think
is very cool. And playing with perceptions of reality…We’re [also] going to
play a lot with the notion of [physics and ] as an explanation for how the sorcerers do what they
Feige later revealed that the Dark Dimension would be seen in the film.OK…WOW! Doctor Strange sure has brought the STRANGE in this trailer. It is meets with a twist of Marvel.