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~Matt Key

At a few Marvel events promoting the home release for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and producer Jeremy Latcham answered a few questions regarding Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and the future of the MCU.

First of all, in talking to MTV, Feige said of Captain Marvel casting, “There won’t be any announcements about that this year.”

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But this is not for any cruel reason of just making us wait — it’s because they’re still figuring out who exactly the character is. As Feige went on to say, “I think right now we’re scripting the film, figuring out who we want Carol Danvers to be, and really what the structure of the movie will be and what her part will be in some of our other Phase 3films. And it would be next year that we start to really think about casting.”

Finally, he added, “I think getting the character right first is going to lead the charge. We want to make sure we know who it is before we can start figuring out who should play it.”

But, for all of you fans of fan-casting, Feige admitted, “When a fan list comes out… we look at it!” Producer Jeremy Latcham added to this, “We read it, we go through it, we read the comments, we look at who people like. Sometimes it’s really enlightening. Sometimes it’s the exact same person that they’ve ben saying over and over again that we don’t think is right. It’s always fun to kinda go through it and see what people are up to.”

So, no Captain Marvel news anytime soon, but what about Doctor Strange?

Well, according to Comicbook.com, at another press event, Feige spoke to casting for Doctor Strange as well as Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, saying,

“I think there will be quite a slew of casting announcements over the next few months. Before the end of the year, I think, on those two films and some other films”

Other films? Like Thor: Ragnarok or Spider-Man? He certainly isn’t talking about Captain Marvel, as we already know…

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He also spoke, at ANOTHER press event, about what we can expect from Doctor Strange. More specifically, he seems to be confused why the whole world is convinced they won’t tell his origin story. As he told IGN

“For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar.”

Well, we can agree with this. We know Batman’s parents were killed. We know Peter Parker was bit by a radioactive spider. But we don’t know much about Doctor Strange. Well, most people don’t. As Feige goes on to expand on this idea,

“Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”

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In this same interview, Feige discussed Rachel McAdams role in the film, saying that she is the audience’s eyes “to a certain extent” as well as adding, “She plays a very, very big part in the movie and represents a certain point of view of the worlds that we experience in that movie, but Doctor Strange, without a doubt, is the character we follow through the movie.”

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Finally, in talking about Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, he offered up this.

“…we get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that’s very unique and doesn’t fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past. It’s funny you ask ‘Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?’ and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.”

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