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Marvel locks in director Scott Derrickson for Dr Strange

While it seems that mainstream media outlets are only interested in the “will he or won’t he?” Johnny Depp rumors for the upcoming Doctor Strange film, there’s a lot more for fans of the character to get excited about. Most pressingly, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige is an admitted admirer of the Sorcerer Supreme. He recently told the audience at a CineEurope event in Spain that the 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.”

A close second to Feige’s genuine soft spot for Dr. Stephen Strange has to be the news that Scott Derrickson has been locked in as the director – a man with a perversely golden touch when it comes to creepy supernatural films. We’re talking about the guy who both wrote and lensed Deliver Us From Evil, Sinister and The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, so you know he’s got chops when it comes to eerie, spine-tingling subject matter the likes of which the good Doctor deals with throughout limitless dimensions. Casting news (get it?) should start to materialize before the end of September, and the film itself is slated for mid-2016 as part of Marvel’s Phase Three.

Mike McCann

Mike McCann is a lifelong geek with a deep and abiding passion for comic books, science fiction and all things pop culture. Why, yes - he IS an only did you know? He's also a history major, a hockey and football fanatic and a music nerd of the highest order. In other words, you want him on your pub trivia team. Seven year old Mike once received a letter from DC Comics encouraging him to "keep drawing and maybe you'll work for us someday!" His grade school library published a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired book he wrote at 12, and he's never looked back. Since then, he has worked in creative or strategic roles at college radio stations and newspapers, record companies, music magazines, dens of Internet iniquity, budding media empires, global telecommunications outfits and software development consultancies, with each stop allowing him to turn his hobbies into a job. Call him the Vice President of (Arrested) Business Development. Mike lives in Toronto, Canada with his patient wife and their five year old, superhero-obsessed son. Among their prized possessions are a NM copy of X-Men #94, a replica of the Shakespeare bust from the Batman TV show and a Death Star cookie jar.

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