During an interview with IGN, Marvel boss Kevin Feige revealed that Doctor Strange is going to be an origin story… and why this is going to be awesome.
“Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that?” he said. “That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”
Of course, comic book fans will no doubt be pleased.
Dr Stephen Strange was originally a talented neurosurgeon who is forced to quit his top job after a freak car accident shatters the bones in his hand… and he is no longer able to operate. Travelling the world in an attempt to find a cure for his trembling hands, he eventually finds the Ancient One – a mystical being versed in the magical arts.
After a confrontation with one of the Ancient One’s apprentices – the evil Baron Mordo – Strange convinces the hermit to teach him his mystical ways, becoming his apprentice.
And this is presumably the story that Marvel wants to bring to the big screen.
But for a long time, rumours persisted that Marvel would be going in a different direction.
“For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories,” he explained. “I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar.”
Of course, ‘Spider-Man’ fans will know exactly where Feige is coming from.
But Doctor Strange has a far more unique origin… and I can’t help thinking that a big screen version of this classic Marvel tale would work incredibly well. Especially with the likes of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One.
“We get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that’s very unique and doesn’t fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past,” Feige said about Swinton’s performance.
“It’s funny you ask ‘Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?’ and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.”
Will the Doctor Strange origin story stay faithful to the comic books? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but expect a big screen twist in the way only Marvel can deliver.