Dr. Strange Love?

X-Men and Spider-Man started the Marvel Universe down the feature film path. Then came Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Daredevil and Punisher. And next we have the Avengers, Captain America, Thor and Ant-Man. Throw in some Nick Fury for good measure and you're getting quite the universe going on screen. But what about the Master of Mystic Arts himself Dr. Strange? Surely a character that powerful combined with the ability of CGI to be almost lifelike we'd expect his film to fit into Marvel's plans somewhere right? Right? Well I've got some news for you. In what is sure to make resident Omnicomic contributors Tedd and Mark ecstatic, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige told MTV Splash Page that Dr. Strange is about a high a priority for a movie as it can be. "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 taping into the magical realm of the Marvel Universe, which is fairly significant and hasn’t yet seen life on screen. It’s something I’m very, very interested in,” he emphasized. AWESOME! You know that (or would hope Marvel was smart enough, which I'm sure they are) Neil Gaiman would gladly come on board to help write the screenplay. And of course Stan Lee would consult and have the requisite cameo. But what would the story be about? Dr. Strange is pretty much involved in everyone's lives, and it would have to be an origin story of sorts at the beginning. But how could you start that without turning the movie into an intergalactic sorcery war? I could imagine that Baron Mordo would be the villain in the first film. But the problem with Dr. Strange is the same as that of Ghost Rider and Daredevil: he's one of those characters that mainstream audiences don't know about. Marvel has no problem drumming up attention for the superheroes and explaining their backstory, but Dr. Strange is definitely out there. If you'd like an excellent case for a Dr. Strange film, check out a recent column by Tedd. Dr. Strange Love?