Just a few days ago, news had made the rounds that Marvel was on the hunt for a director of the proposed Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 film, Doctor Strange.  A number of names were bandied about on the apparent Marvel shortlist (Jonathan Levine [50/50], Mark Andrews [Brave], Nikolaj Arcel [A Royal Affair] and Dean Israelite [Welcome To Yesterday]) as possible directors.  So, where does Marvel currently stand with said filmmakers?  According to Marvel head Kevin Feige, we had it all wrong.

IGN is reporting that Feige has confirmed that Doctor Strange is indeed happening, and that Marvel is searching for a director, but that reported list was incorrect.  Further, Feige clarified that while casting a star in the role of Doctor Strange would be ideal, it wouldn’t be necessary, either:

Well, that article was true, that we’re meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we’re meeting or what level anybody is. But we’re actively looking….We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There’s only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs]That’s about it

.You know, I would say that we’re pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our — well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you’re looking to track our decision-making and how we’ve done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that does’t mean a movie star wouldn’t be great. It just depends.

So no, we may not see Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange, as has been reported elsewhere—but there will be a Doctor Strange, eventually.

What do you think of the Doc Strange news?