Kevin Feige Talks Standalone HULK and DOCTOR STRANGE Movies in Marvel’s Phase Three

     May 17, 2013


There have been lots of rumors flying around about two potential films on Marvel’s upcoming Phase Three slate: a standalone Hulk film and a Doctor Strange origin story.  Marvel’s Kevin Feige recently talked about plans for a number of upcoming films, including these two standalone projects.  In short, Feige said that there are no current plans for a solo Hulk movie, but they are talking about it and he isn’t opposed to keeping Mark Ruffalo in the role.  For Doctor Strange, the property is expected to be a top priority for the studio and will feature the first film fully devoted to “a world of pure magic.”  Hit the jump for much, much more from Feige. 

kevin-feigeIn an extensive interview with EW, Feige spoke at length about a number of Marvel films including Hulk and Doctor Strange.  Here’s what he had to say on the former:

“People were like, ‘You’ve already had two movies. How is that going to happen?’ One of the goals that we talked about with Joss [Whedon] on Avengers was we want Hulk to be cool again.”

Feige also addressed the idea of Ruffalo, now 45, playing an older version of Banner:

“If anyone could be a great 55-year-old Hulk, it’s Mark so I’m not worried about that.”

Finally, Feige talked about the rumors of possible Planet Hulk and World War Hulk adaptations:

“What we’re excited about exploring and expanding is Mark — and Banner’s not in Planet Hulk at all.  The fun of the Hulk is his interaction with humans.”

Fans might disagree on that point, but at least work is underway in talking about a potential Hulk movie:

“Mark could stand in his own movie. … We’re talking about it. We’re excited to sit down and go, ‘What is a stand-alone Hulk movie?’”

hulk-doctor-strangeAs for Doctor Strange:

“I would love Strange to be a part of that only because he’s a great character. He’s a great standalone character.  He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting.”

Obviously no casting decisions have been made – other than fans calling for Viggo Mortensen to try on the cape – and Feige kept quiet on just who might be playing the lead:

“I think there’s any number of actors who would be chomping [sic] at the bit to play this guy.”

Check out a recent update on Ant-Man from director Edgar Wright here.  Plus, Robert Downey Jr and Feige talk about Iron Man 4 and the future of the franchise.


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