It was nearly three years ago when we learned that Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian) had been hired to draft a screenplay for a live-action “Doctor Strange” feature film. The following summer they had reportedly turned in a draft for Marvel Studios to begin searching for a director to oversee the project’s development. With the focus at the time being on Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, both setting up for The Avengers the year after, Doctor Strange fell off the radar until recently when Marvel Studios President of Production- Kevin Feige namedropped the neurosurgeon alongside Ant-Man as Phase Three films coming after The Avengers 2.The untitled Avengers sequel marks the end of Phase Two in May 2015 but later that year, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man launches Phase Three. Ant-Man is the only Phase Three movie (so far) with an official release date though it’s expected that Captain America and Thor will both receive third installments while other, newer characters get their big screen introductions leading up to The Avengers 3.
After expressing confidence in a Doctor Strange solo film nearly a year ago – alongside other obscure and risky projects including” Inhumans” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (the latter of which is actually happening)- Feige all but confirmed earlier this year in January that moviegoers would meet Stephen Strange sometime after Ant-Man.“Dr. Strange is something that I talk about often and it’s sort of next up for us to dig into and explore. Our executive producer of Iron Man 3, having done Captain America: The First Avenger and as that was finishing he started working on the bones that would become Iron Man 3, and now that he’s finished with Iron Man 3, he’s working on the bones that would become Doctor Strange. Now that Iron Man 3 is finished, some of our quote-unquote spare time is going to be devoted to trying to crack Strange.”
Another big possibility for Phase Three is a third attempt at selling a Hulk solo film, but Feige indicates that such a project wouldn’t be a Planet Hulk adaptation: “There’s no script in the works or anything, but we are talking about it. All the Hulk energy right now is on Avengers 2, but Mark Ruffalo is signed up [for more films]. What we’re excited about exploring and expanding is Mark – and Bruce Banner is not in Planet Hulk at all. The fun of Hulk is his interaction with humans.”
What movies should Marvel make in between The Avengers 2 & 3 and which new characters need to be included?
Culled from screenrant.com