Doctor Strange, Guardians 2, Ant-Man Updates

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige appeared at CineEurope in Barcelona this week and Total Film was there to record his updates on the various upcoming Marvel product including “Doctor Strange,” “Ant-Man” “Guardians of the Galaxy”. First up, “Doctor Strange” which aims to shoot starting early next year:

“[W]e think we’ll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year. Strange 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.

[T]here’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.”

Feige says more of the intergalactic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be explored in “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequels should they go forward:

“There are dozens and dozens of Guardians Of The Galaxy storylines. There’s a group that came about in the ’60s, were revamped again in the ’80s and they changed into this incarnation that you see in this movie about eight or nine years ago. So there are a lot of other characters and worlds and stories. So should this film work, should the audience come out for this one, there are definitely places we can take it and we have ideas of where we’d like to go with it.”

Feige confirms that their “Ant-Man” film is still targeting a July 17th 2015 release, despite the change of directors:

“Ant-Man is a very important character for us. We like that people don’t necessarily know what it is. We like that it sounds sort of strange when you first hear the notion of Ant-Man, or a hero that can shrink, but he’s a very key Marvel character. He’s a key Avenger. He’s an important character we want to bring into our universe and Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and an amazing cast all set to start in August, we believe that we’re on the road to the best version of Ant-Man that we could have.”