Now that Scott Derrickson is officially on board to direct ‘Doctor Strange’, Marvel president Kevin Feige spoke to press at CineEurope in Barcelona about the mystical hero’s role in the larger Marvel cinematic universe.

“I believe it’s very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe.  We’ve done the street-level heroes, and we’ve done the billionaire superheroes. We’ve now done the cosmic side with ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers’ and most obviously with ‘Guardians [of the Galaxy]’, but there’s a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side—the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.”

In addition to villains like Dormammu and Baron Mordo, Strange has been romantically linked to Clea and Night Nurse.  As for other supernatural heroes, that could include many characters including Son of Satan, Satana, Elsa Bloodstone, Devil-Slayer, Gargoyle and revamped versions of Ghost Rider and Blade among others.

Feige added that a ‘Doctor Strange’ movie is “very, very important, not just because it’s an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who’s gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies.”

Jon Spaihts is expected to rewrite the current script for the movie, which should begin casting in the next few months.  The film is expected to begin production in 2015 for a 2016 release.

Who would you like to see sporting the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamoto?  (The Eye, by the way, was crafted for ‘Thor’ but was cut from the finished movie.)

Source: The Hollywood Reporter