Marvel Studios has managed to incorporate the galactic elements of its comics into its cinematic universe, and earlier today Marvel's Kevin Feige spoke about the incorporation of mutants. That leaves one other major element that will have to be added soon - the mystical.
The obvious introduction of supernatural powers to the Marvel universe will be the "Doctor Strange" movie, a film that does the tricky job of showcasing a character (Stephen Strange) who uses powers that don't really fit with the hyper-realistic world of "Captain America" and "Iron Man".
Asked about how the powers would work, Feige tells Bad Ass Digest:
"Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic? You don't get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he'd find out how some of that stuff is happening.
We're not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won't be an answer. Sometimes he'll want an answer – "How is this happening?!" – and nothing. Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip."
So when will it happen? It now seems fairly likely the film is headed towards a July 2016 release. Feige tells The Huffington Post:
"It's time. It's time. I would be surprised if [a Doctor Strange film not happening] were the case, yeah. Maybe three or four years, yeah, we'll see. But, I would like it to be the case. Much like Vin Diesel, I like it when something finally happens, and then we can talk about what it is — versus rumors of what it could be or should be or isn’t yet [laughs]."
Feige has also indicated that despite rumors of the director short list being narrowed down to three, the job is still very much open. He tells Slashfilm:
"We've met with all of [those three]. Some of those three are not in contention anymore, some of those three we're still talking with and there are many others. We have not narrowed it down as much as the internet thinks. I wish we had."