Marvel president Kevin Feige recently discussed the next ‘Spider-Man’ film, stressing that it took place within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning that unlike the previous films in which Spider-Man appeared to be the only super hero in the world, this time around, he’s operating in a New York also populated by Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk and the rest.  This fact holds true for Marvel’s upcoming films as well.  Whereas the first batch of movies were essentially self-contained, but tied loosely to the rest via cameos and post-credit scenes, starting with ‘Ant-Man’ and followed by ‘Doctor Strange,’ the movies will be firmly planted in an Avengers world.

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That doesn’t mean that on the way to work, Doctor Stephen Strange will have to sidestep a giant pothole left after Thor bashes one of Ultron’s drones into the pavement.  But there will be a level of awareness, as Feige explains, “‘Doctor Strange,’ for instance, is kind of [in his own world]. He’s in New York, but he’s a surgeon and he’s got his own thing going on, and when he has to try to fix his hands he goes on another journey.  Strange leaves New York in search of something and heads east.”

Feige added, “All these movies are connected, so they inhabit — as the comics did — the same universe.  Like Ant-Man, Doctor Strange lives in a world where aliens came out over Grand Central Station. Again, he also is a brain surgeon. When he’s in the operating room, he’s not thinking about those other things. He’s working on what he’s working on.”

It’s inevitable that Doctor Strange will cross paths with other Marvel characters at some point, although it should be pointed out that he is the first solo Marvel character to star in a MCU movie that isn’t really connected to the Avengers.  (He was briefly a member following the ‘Civil War’ miniseries, when the Avengers had to hide out from the public eye.)

‘Doctor Strange’ stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton.  The film is directed by Scott Derrickson and magically materializes in theaters on November 4, 2016.

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