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Marvel's Kevin Feige talks Spider-Man reboot and Doctor Strange

06.29.2015

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Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige shared some interesting new details on the SPIDER-MAN reboot and Scott Derrickson's DOCTOR STRANGE while speaking with Birth.Movies.Death at the ANT-MAN press junket, and I think you guys are really going to dig what he has to say about both projects.

We'll start with SPIDER-MAN. Last week it was announced THE IMPOSSIBLE actor Tom Holland will be playing the web-slinger for director Jon Watts, and Feige says he wants the film to be similar to a John Hughes movie.

It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie - only John Hughes could - but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us...Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death.

Feige has some good news for those of you who are sick of Green Goblin. He was asked if the reboot will use villains from the previous Spidey flicks, and his response was "Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before." However, there is some bad news: it doesn't sound like Spider-Man and Daredevil will be teaming up anytime soon on Marvel's Netflix series.

My general answer to that is never say never. But our current Sony deal is very specific - we’re producing the standalone film, with a certain amount of back and forth allowed.

Doctor Strange

Now on to DOCTOR STRANGE. Marvel will be keeping Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village, and “He will be the strangest thing walking out onto that street.” Tilda Swinton is in negotiations to play The Ancient One, and Feige went on to talk about casting for the role.

As we were developing this film we looked at The Ancient One as a mantle more than a specific person. The sorcerers have been around for millennia, protecting us from things we didn’t know about until this story. There have been multiple [Ancient Ones], even if this one has been around for five hundred years, there were others. This is a mantle, and therefore felt we had leeway to cast in interesting ways.

Marvel isn't removing all of the phony Tibetan mysticism from the comics for the film, and Feige says Strange will leave New York in search of something and head east. Kevin Feige also says a scene at the end of ANT-MAN "represents the tip of the mind-bending weirdness we’re going to do in Strange." What are your thoughts on the latest SPIDER-MAN and DOCTOR STRANGE details?

DOCTOR STRANGE will be in theaters on November 4, 2016, and SPIDER-MAN is scheduled to be released on July 28, 2017.

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10:32AM on 06/30/2015
Back to the Future mixed fantasy and teen shenanigans. And Harry Potter. And Kick-Ass. It's not like it's never been done. I don't think Feige meant Breakfast Club.
Back to the Future mixed fantasy and teen shenanigans. And Harry Potter. And Kick-Ass. It's not like it's never been done. I don't think Feige meant Breakfast Club.
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1:51PM on 06/29/2015
So Dr Strange is in the Post-Credit Scene in AntMan, so gonna see this.
So Dr Strange is in the Post-Credit Scene in AntMan, so gonna see this.
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1:49PM on 06/29/2015
So Dr Strange is in the Post-Credit Scene in AntMan, so gonna see this.
So Dr Strange is in the Post-Credit Scene in AntMan, so gonna see this.
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1:57PM on 06/29/2015
Doctor Strange is in the post credits scene? Has it been confirmed or are you just speculating?
Doctor Strange is in the post credits scene? Has it been confirmed or are you just speculating?
5:47AM on 06/30/2015
There's supposedly both this amazing stinger, and a sequence in the middle of the film, that ties into the larger MCU, and reports from those who have seen it say its pretty huge. But I've yet to see anything even approaching a spoiler in this respect.
There's supposedly both this amazing stinger, and a sequence in the middle of the film, that ties into the larger MCU, and reports from those who have seen it say its pretty huge. But I've yet to see anything even approaching a spoiler in this respect.
1:11PM on 06/29/2015
As long as this new series can capture the tone, spirit, and fun of Raimi's original trilogy then I'll be happy.

And as for seeing new villains, I'm sure Marvel will build up Norman through the first couple of films, only to have Spider Man and Green Goblin finally square off in film three. And for Norman/Green Goblin, I would love to see Bryan Cranston be considered.
As long as this new series can capture the tone, spirit, and fun of Raimi's original trilogy then I'll be happy.

And as for seeing new villains, I'm sure Marvel will build up Norman through the first couple of films, only to have Spider Man and Green Goblin finally square off in film three. And for Norman/Green Goblin, I would love to see Bryan Cranston be considered.
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1:09PM on 06/29/2015

I can't wait.

Dr. Strange is my favorite comic book character and I'm excited that my first choice to play him got the role. Cumberbitch is gonna rock that shit!
Dr. Strange is my favorite comic book character and I'm excited that my first choice to play him got the role. Cumberbitch is gonna rock that shit!
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1:12PM on 06/29/2015
I'm excited as hell to see Cumberbatch in the role, but I'm still disappointed we'll never see Phoenix's portrayal.
I'm excited as hell to see Cumberbatch in the role, but I'm still disappointed we'll never see Phoenix's portrayal.
12:41PM on 06/29/2015

Why is it so hard to get Spider-Man right???

We don't want RomComs like TASM, we don't want John Hughes Spider-Man with teen angst all over the place. Sam Raimi came the closest. We want more of Peter outside of school, as a reporter, as a smart scientist and most of all as a superhero. Stop mixing in stupid genres that don't fit. Just let Spider-man HAVE FUN. He is supposed to be one of the most colorful and fun characters to watch because he is so unique. Stop forcing him into roles he wasn't made for.
We don't want RomComs like TASM, we don't want John Hughes Spider-Man with teen angst all over the place. Sam Raimi came the closest. We want more of Peter outside of school, as a reporter, as a smart scientist and most of all as a superhero. Stop mixing in stupid genres that don't fit. Just let Spider-man HAVE FUN. He is supposed to be one of the most colorful and fun characters to watch because he is so unique. Stop forcing him into roles he wasn't made for.
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1:56PM on 06/29/2015
The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series did it fantastically well and I'll think you'll find that was sprinkled with lots of high school soap opera whilst playing out a very intricate overall plot. I hope they use that as the template for the second reboot.
The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series did it fantastically well and I'll think you'll find that was sprinkled with lots of high school soap opera whilst playing out a very intricate overall plot. I hope they use that as the template for the second reboot.
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