With ComicUI turning 1 year old last April, I’m finding it interesting to go back a year every week and see the news we were posting then compared to what we’re talking about now. This week, I discovered that one year ago we were reporting on the rumor that Doctor Strange would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase 3 (Post Avengers 2: Age of Ultron). If the confirmations that Scott Derrickson (Sinister) will be directing the Sorcerer Supreme’s live action film in the future are any indication, we’ll actually be seeing Doctor Strange join Marvel’s big hitters.

The name Stephen Strange was also mentioned in the hit CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER film as well, in which only true believers could have caught. With the name now being out in the open and Marvel’s increasing presence of Strange in their New Avengers comic titles, all signs are pointing to a film coming down the pipeline.

So for our Throwback Thursday this week, we’re pointing back to exactly one year ago, when we theorized that Doctor Strange would be a Marvel movie and disclose who we think the villains will be.

Original article: Dr. Strange and the Mysterious Movie Rumors

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Stephen Strange, also a famed neurosurgeon, so lets call him Doctor, is a Marvel character that is gaining a lot of traction. Why, you may ask, is simply because he may be taking to the silver screen sooner than later. Are you unfamiliar with Doctor Strange? Well be prepared to swoon over him as an undisclosed source has stated that “…Strange is being groomed to be the next Iron Man. The studio needs a new ‘hub’ character going into Phase 3 and beyond, as there is audience fatigue, aging stars and a need to move from Tony Stark/Iron Man as a ‘hub’ for films.” This is hot on the heels of news that the plot of the movie has been leaked to Latino-Review.

Without divulging too much (just in case SPOILERS), I’ll give you a run down on the villains who may be making an appearance. First up, Dormammu, a demon lord of another dimension that is equivalent a mystic hell. A staple in Doctor Strange’s side (surgery joke!) since his appearance in Strange Tales #126, Dormammu has always been looking for ways to crack into our dimension and take it over. Secondly, there is a rumored Baron Mordo as well, another familiar villain from the Strange series. He was being trained in the mystic arts, along with Stephen, from the Ancient one. When Strange was chosen to be the next Sorcerer supreme, Mordo decided to turn evil and use his powers for evil. Nothing like a spurned lover. Both of these characters can be seen in the Doctor Strange animated film, definitely a must if you want to get a basic overview of the character and his background. I feel the live action film will be drawing heavily from it. And lastly, the Mindless Ones will be the generic antagonists to the film, much like the Destroyer in Thor. They come from an alternate dimension and are at the whim of their master, which I’ll presume will be Mordo or Dormammu. This is not apparent from the cartoon film.

Doctor Strange is the rumored front runner of Marvel’s Phase 3 undisclosed films. This is pretty bold, considering the leading film is Ant-man, both a B-list characters. This duo will supposedly be joined by the Inhumans and Black Panther, all four films containing none of the Marvel Universe staples we have come to know and love. However, the only confirmed film is Ant-man at this time, but we have heard a TON of news about Doctor Strange.

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