Dr. Strange movie coming after The Avengers

Mystic Update: Outspoken Doctor Strange fan Neil Gaiman (Beowulf) says he would love to write the movie.

Kevin Feige, president of production for Marvel Studios, has expressed his enthusiasm at the thought of a Dr. Strange movie.

“Very much so,” Feige said. “I’d say in the next year, year and a half, as we start putting together our film slate for 2012 and 2013, I would not be shocked if we saw Dr. Strange on those lists. I love the idea of tapping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn’t yet seen life on screen.

I’ll admit to not knowing that much about the character, but Doctor Strange is the “Sorcerer Supreme” in the Marvel Universe and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who also co-created Spider-Man. Head over to his Wikipedia page to know more.

There has actually been a live-action adaptation of the comic book before, which was a TV-movie for CBS back in 1978 (trailer here) and was apparently relatively well received. Other than that the character has appeared on screen in a number of Marvel animated series and had his own straight-to-DVD animated film in 2007 (trailer here).

The mega-successes of Iron Man and The Dark Knight this year are a sure sign that comic book movies still attract moviegoers, and one can only appreciate the way Marvel is taking more control over its properties and making them share a same continuity, as they should. That being said, how do you feel about a Dr. Strange flick? Vote and tell me in the comments.

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Links of the Week

Last week’s /Filmcast and /Filmcast: After Dark.

/Film’s David Chen interviews Eagle Eye producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci here.

Friends, family and fellow thespians chime in about the recently deceased Paul Newman here.

Marvel Studios teams up with Paramount Pictures to distribute films here and DC’s The Green Lantern may start filming in early spring here.

Probably realising her film career is prettty much dead, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (The Return) is planning her return to TV here…hey, at least she lasted longer than fellow hasbeen Jennifer Love Hewitt (CBS’ Ghost Whisperer)!

A first look at Alice In Wonderland, the anticipated new movie from Tim Burton (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Streethere. Also Tweedledee and Tweedledum have been cast here.

Must see: legendary film critic Roger Ebert answers a Disaster Movie fan here.

Thor finally gets a director, maybe

After director Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) bailed out to helm Kick-Ass and D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) threw his name in the mix, another filmmaker is now attached to Marvel Studios’ forthcoming adaptation of the comic book Thor, one that is the most unusual and the most interesting.

Indeed it’s none other than Northern Irish actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Much Ado About Nothing), who is probably being sought for his strong affinity with shakespearean themes, which are apparently prominent in the comic. If this pans out, I’m convinced Branagh could churn out an amazing film.

Thor will be firmly set in the same continuity as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and other forthcoming Marvel films, and like those movies will lead into the planned 2011 The Avengers movie. Thor will be released in 2010. The screenplay was written by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend).

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Edward Norton has no idea about Hulk’s future

Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) claims he doesn’t know whether Marvel want him back for a sequel and/or the planned 2011 The Avengers movie.

The minds of Marvel are sometimes opaque. I won’t say [they’re] obtuse, but I don’t have any idea what they want to do. They’ve got this notion of collecting the Marvel characters. Who knows where they’ll go?

Don’t worry Ed, I’m sure Marvel will be in contact soon enough.

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Eva Longoria for Wasp?

Overrated beauty Eva Longoria (ABC’s Desperate Housewives) has recently visited Marvel Studios’ offices, leaving with a bunch of comic books and a business card, and apparently many believe she’s in talks to play Wasp/Janet Van Dyne in the forthcoming Avengers movie planned for 2011 and set up by various other comic book films such as Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

Wasp is one of the first Avengers and a character I’ve surprisingly absolutely never heard of before. According to Wikipedia, Wasp’s abilities include size manipulation, flight, bio-electric energy blasts and telepathic insect control… Eva Longoria is certainly sexy enough (at least with makeup on) but what do you think? Are you looking forward to Eva floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee?

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Thor gets a director?

Well, not exactly yet, but new hotshot director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia) is in talks with Marvel Studios to helm the forthcoming 2010 Norse God movie.

There’s a fear I have about Thor and depending on what Thor story you want to tell, whether you want to bring Thor into the modern world or if you want to go back to Asgard and get the history of what’s happening between him and his brother and dad. That’s one I’ve always been interested in and it also would be, it would be a monumental task so, I could definitely see myself getting myself into that… I have had some talks with Marvel about it but I have not seen a screenplay. It could be something that I am interested in.

Thor has to be one of the forefront Marvel characters I’m least familiar with, but I’m of course excited at the prospect of the film and Caruso could be an interesting choice. Caruso’s next thriller Eagle Eye debuts late September in America and Australia.

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Fun Stuff: Thor’s Kitchen

This is a preview for the new YouTube series by Chad Vader creators Blame Society Films. Looks pretty hilarious… Marvel Studios is currently prepping a Thor film for 2010, based on their popular comic book, but until then look to Thor’s Kitchen for your not-so-regular Norse god fix.

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