If Marvel Studios is going to survive, they're eventually going to have to move past the A-List superheroes like Captain America and Iron Man and delve a little deeper into their vaults for new ideas. And while my dream of one day seeing a Rocket Raccoon movie may never be realized (damn it), the time may have come for respected B-Listers like Dr. Strange to find a new audience. That appears to be what Marvel Studios is banking on, anyway. Twitch Film reports that they're moving forward with Dr. Strange: The Movie.
Naturally, comic book fans are as aware of Dr. Strange as television fans are aware of Kolchak: The Night Stalker. They know the name, they like the character but for some reason haven't really expressed much of an interest, en masse at any rate, in a regular ongoing series. But among Marvel's B-Listers (in popularity, not necessarily ability), the character has one of the better "hooks" for a movie adaptation: a brilliant but cocky surgeon loses his ability to use his hands in a car accident and, when medicine fails him, searches for "The Ancient One," a fabled sorcerer, to heal his wounds. But The Ancient One heals his soul instead, training him to be the next "Sorcerer Supreme." Irony, humility, action. Good drama.
Conan the Barbarian screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer have apparently just turned in a draft that Marvel Studios feels confident enough in to start searching for directors. No word yet on who might be on their short list, but they've got a pretty good track record of finding unexpected but geek-savvy filmmakers for their projects, so we're not concerned about that. As for the writers, we'll get back to you once we've seen this Conan reboot, but we were rather fond of their Dylan Dog: Dead of Night screenplay – which also took place in the world of the mystic – so maybe we're in good hands after all.
Last we heard, the grapevine said that Patrick Dempsey – who sure as hell looks like Doctor Stephen Strange – was still interested in starring. Marvel Studios also has a nice tendency of not necessarily casting big stars for their blockbuster movies, but for smaller characters like this we wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to whip out a slightly bigger name this time around.
CRAVE Online will return with more Dr. Strange news as soon as we rid ourselves of this horrible D'Spayre.