Kevin Feige recently revealed some details about Scott Derrickson's “Doctor Strange,” including Doctor Stephen Strange’s living place and where he goes after his career as a surgeon is destroyed.
“The Sanctum is on Bleecker Street, the modern day Bleecker Street. He will be the strangest thing walking out onto that street,” Feige said to Birth Movies Death. He also added that unlike the comic book, Strange will not go to Tibet but will “head east.”
In the comic, Doctor Strange goes to Himalayas in search of the Ancient One who teaches him a range of mystical art. After learning the magic he comes back to New York and fights Baron Mordo. It is not known whether the same plot will be followed in the film. From Feige’s statement it seems that there will be slight variation.
The Marvel president also spoke about the Ancient One. “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,” he said
Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton is the frontrunner for the role of the Ancient One. She is in negotiation to play the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Marvel studio was reportedly searching for a male actor to play the part but now has reportedly decided to go for a female actor.
Derrickson is directing the film from the screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Jon Spaihts. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the title role. The movie opens Oct. 28, 2016.