One of the most talked about Marvel Studios properties that still doesn't have an official release announcement is "Doctor Strange." (Eagle-eyed Marvel fans, however, should keep an eye out for an Easter egg in the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier.") On Wednesday, we spoke to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige (the full interview will publish closer to the release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") who gave us an update on the status of Dr. Stephen Strange, going as far to admit that he'd be surprised at this point if a "Doctor Strange" movie doesn't happen.
Also, it's already known that in the upcoming "Avengers: Age of Ultron," Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson play the mutants Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively. The only problem is, the term "mutants" can't be used because that word belongs to Fox, which owns the rights to X-Men. Now, Internet speculation is running wild with the talk of the Inhumans being used as a possible future movie and also a way to skirt around the use of the term mutant. Feige addresses these questions as well.
Is it fair to say that, at this point, it would be surprising to you if there wasn't a Doctor Strange movie in the next two or three years?
So, we're in 2014 now ...
It just feels like this one is so close to being official, yet it's not.
It's time. It's time. I would be surprised if that were the case, yeah. Maybe three or four years, yeah, we'll see. But, I would like it to be the case. Much like Vin Diesel, I like it when something finally happens, and then we can talk about what it is -- versus rumors of what it could be or should be or isn't yet [laughs].
Though, the difference this time, as opposed to Vin Diesel, is that you don't have Doctor Strange taunting you on his Facebook page.
With Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and the situation over the word "mutant" with Fox, there's some speculation that this might be a way to introduce the Inhumans.
Well, Inhumans is something that we are definitely thinking about and we think there's great potential there for a great movie. But, no, no -- we have not linked those two.
So using the Inhumans would have nothing to do with getting around the word "mutant"?
As it relates to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver? No. No, no, no.
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