Ant-Man, Doctor Strange confirmed for Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3. Many knew Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man was part of Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe but very few thought Doctor Strange would make the cut in the very near future. The favorable release of Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers changed all of that. Phase 3 will be begin in 2015 with the release of The Avengers 2 and will now feature films for both Ant-Man and Doctor Strange as well.
Ant-Man is definitely part of Phase Three. Like Iron Man 3, it’s certainly set in the Marvel Universe, but it’s also through the lens of Edgar Wright — which is the only reason we’re making the movie. [...] It’s very much an Ant-Man origin movie from the perspective of Edgar Wright and his co-writer Joe Cornish. It will of course be firmly planted in the MCU, but a different corner than we’ve seen before.
Ant-Man is the only one officially announced, but you probably don’t have to look too far to guess at the next list of characters we’re toying with and beginning to develop.
On the inclusion of Doctor Strange:
Doctor Strange, which I’ve been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He’s a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he’s totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s totally different from anything we’ve done before, as is Ant-Man, which keeps us excited.
Doctor Strange’s biography:
Doctor Strange was originally Dr. Stephen Strange, a world-renowned but selfish neurosurgeon who only cared about wealth from his career. Then a car accident damaged his hands, shattering the bones. The damage and subsequent healing however, effectively ended his ability to conduct the surgery as he had before, since his hands now tremble uncontrollably. Too proud to take on a teaching job, Strange desperately began the search for a cure to restore his hands, consulting various doctors, homeopathic treatments and traveling around the world to remote regions for exotic cures, all to no avail.
Having completely exhausted all funds and reduced to homelessness, Strange is left to performing back alley medical procedures for cash. Depressed and still searching for a cure, Strange locates a hermit called the Ancient One in the Himalayas. The Ancient One refuses to help because of Strange’s selfishness, but senses his good side which he attempts to bring to the surface. He fails, but Strange’s goodness does show itself when he discovers the Ancient One’s disciple, Baron Mordo, attempting to kill the old man. After Strange selflessly thwarts Mordo (who becomes Strange’s most enduring antagonist) he is taught the mystic arts.
As the Ancient One’s new disciple, Strange encounters the entity Nightmare, and a number of odd mystical foes, before battling his eventual arch-foe: Dormammu, a warlord from an alternate dimension called the “Dark Dimension”. Strange is also aided by a nameless girl, later called Clea, who is eventually revealed to be Dormammu’s niece. When Strange helps a weakened Dormammu drive off the rampaging Mindless Ones and return them to their prison, he is allowed to leave unchallenged.
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