EXCLUSIVE: ‘Dr. Strange’ and ‘Dazzler’ Discussed in Marvel’s New Future Film Plans

Marvel President Kevin Fiege explains the companies upcoming plans to make smaller budgeted films with their existing catalog of characters.

Marvel reveals even further film plans
Marvel reveals even further film plans
Earlier this week, we reported on a news story claiming that Marvel Studios is planning to make smaller budgeted films, reportedly in the $20 million - $40 million range, with their lesser known characters. This will happen after their string of current string big budget movies are released. With Iron Man 2 just a few weeks away, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in various stages of production and The Avengers on the horizon, it does make sense that the studio would begin to look at the pantheon of characters it has at its disposal to begin production on after these other films are released. However, in this economic market it only makes sense that Marvel's lesser characters would have smaller budgeted films. Among the characters mentioned in the article were Doctor Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Power Pack and Dazzler.

Yesterday, we had a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios President of Production, Kevin Fiege, while he was out promoting Iron Man 2. We asked Fiege if he could elaborate on the story that came out earlier in the week.

"We haven't talked budget yet, we never start talking budget. We start talking story," explained Fiege. "But certainly we are looking at the next wave. We are going to do two films a year starting in 2011. What is our post Avengers film in 2013 or 2014? There are a lot of characters and meetings going on right now."

We continued by asking Fiege if the new proposed films would also take place in the "Marvel Film Universe" that has been created for the current line of movies?

"It could be both I would say. I'm not sure that we will always point out specifically that they do take place in this universe. But on the other side, I don't think we'll go out of our way to say they don't." He said. "For instance, Runaways probably is in this universe but they aren't going to be running into Tony Stark or Nick Fury. Nick Fury doesn't just show up in every room," Fiege joked.

We followed that by asking if it were possible that these films could exist in the "Marvel Film Universe" but not necessarily tie into the other movies?

"Yes. By the way, just like in the comics," Fiege replied.

Finally, we wanted to confirm the Marvel characters that the studio is looking at bringing to the big screen. In the earlier story one of the characters mentioned was Dazzler, a '70s disco-era character that can turn sound into light and was a member of the X-Men. Since the X-Men and all their characters are owned by 20th Century Fox we wanted to find out how Marvel Studios was planning on making a film based on that character?

"That's Fox. Yeah, I didn't see that (in the article). That's not us, unless Fox is doing it," answered Fiege.

We told Fiege about the other characters mentioned in the article including Power Pack, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange and Ka-Zar, to get his conformation if Marvel Studios is actually considering those characters as well for future films?

"All that is right except Dazzler," Fiege confirmed.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Doctor Strange comes to theaters November 4th, 2016 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson.

Ka-Zar is in development .

Luke Cage is in development and stars Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Navayne. The film is directed by John Singleton.

Power Pack is in development .

Dazzler is in development .

Sources: Jami Philbrick

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Comments (22)

  1. Dedpool

    Dazzler? Really? I mean I'm all for empowering female heroes but Dazzler? WHy not a Silver Sable flick? Or a Spider-woman flick? Ka-Zar would be pretty cool, like a modern day Tarzan on "King Kong's" Skull Island. Luke Cage could be a fun, urban detective flick. Dr. Strange should be a cross between the animated film and "The Dresden Files"

    5 years agoby @dedpoolFlag

  2. Playhouse

    When was any of the cast of 'The Avengers' confirmed? Everything has been conjecture with the assumption that RDJ, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth would definitely star. The studio has stated that as their plans but has not confirmed anything, aside from perhaps Samuel L. Jackson's involvement. (And yes, I know RDJ and Favreau have both talked about the actor's involvement in the movie.) Norton's involvement has been talked about as a want on both sides but nothing has officially been brokered. And the Renner-as-Hawkeye rumor was denied by the actor himself.

    5 years agoby @playhouseFlag

  3. Emmytt


    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  4. Emmytt

    hugo weaving us confirmed for red skull

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  5. T.Clark

    Weaving is confirmed for Red Skull...I couldn't see him as Strange anyway. No doubt he could pull it off if he got the part, but he wouldn't be at the top of my list.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  6. Fry_3000

    bring on dr strange. i think jim Caviezel would make a great dr strange.

    5 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  7. Bane5000

    not sure if hugo weaving is confirmed to play red skull in caps movie, but if not, i can see him playing a wicked Dr.Strange, what do u think?

    5 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  8. The Soylent Green Monkey

    When the hell is Luke Cage coming? I've been wanting to see that for quite a while.

    5 years agoby @soylentgreen2Flag

  9. Lycan

    the only two i would go check out would be Dr. Strange and Luke Cage. Also, i think Marvel should buy the rights back to all there charcters and do the films the right way, then maybe in the end the can make a film based on the Civil War. That would be kick ass

    5 years agoby @grand-makwaFlag

  10. DavidScholes

    As a Marvel fan boy from way back I will probably go and see any and all of these lower budget movies that come up.

    However I would be particularly interested in a Dr Strange movie.

    I've been a Marvel Thor fan since 1962 and also a long time Marvel fan fiction writer:

    If you haven't already done so check out my Marvel fan fiction. Just scroll down below my author profile and you will see over 40 fan fiction stories here:


    I'm also an Australian science fiction writer:




    With a novella on the way!


    5 years agoby @davidscholesFlag

  11. Emmytt

    i wonder if this so called small marvel movies will be good or not

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  12. ZanyZap

    @Barkx: Jeremy Renner's involvement has not been confirmed. In fact, if memory serves correct, Renner shot down the rumor himself, back in December. As for Norton: one can assume, but again, nothing has been announced. It looks like Movieweb simply compiled the main stars from the four main films to create the "cast list."

    5 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  13. Gandoff

    Dr. Strange and Ka-Zar is the only two that has a real chance of being a franchise making films. Stange for being Strange, but Ka-Zar coul have a Tarzan type approach with some mutants involvement.

    5 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  14. renodc

    In the comics, Dazzler is a superhero and a musician, so I have a feeling Marvel is thinking of her as more of marketing movie/music crossover ploy.

    The Savage Land would be a cool backdrop for a Marvel film, but I think it needs to be in conjunction with the X Men with Ka-Zar being a supporting character. The Ka-Zar character just doesn't have enough of a built-in fan base to carry his own film.

    5 years agoby @renodcFlag

  15. CBF

    Dude Dr. Strange is badass and can support his own movie. Not sure about the rest, and I agree with Vis. There's been no outcry for these characters, this is too random. There are better known B-listers than these. Big step in the wrong direction, Marvel.

    5 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  16. Barkx

    Check out the casting for The Avengers!

    Jeremy Renner - Hawkeye, surely!

    Edward Norton is listed - That means there has to be the Hulk!

    And Tom Hiddleston - Loki is obviously then going to be the main protagonist, causing mischief and pulling all the strings!

    I have been saying for a long time now, Loki will be the villain, setting up the Hulk as a bad guy causing the Avengers to be formed. They will get together, take out the Hulk. Loki will cause more mischief, and epic battle will ensue with the Avengers on the verge of defeat, when Banner convinces Fury he isn't the bad guy and can help... BOOM! Enter the Hulk to turn the tide of battle!

    I posted a more detailed plot synopsis for what I thought would happen in the film, above is just a quick outline. I'm a massive Marvel fan, so I am hoping it will go something like that! The casting above is starting to really get my hopes up!!!

    5 years agoby @barkxFlag

  17. T.Clark

    Gibson was rumored/considered for the role, but I don't think it was ever confirmed. IMDB doesn't have anything. Last time I checked, Singleton was torn between directing either Cage or Black Panther. I don't know if he came to a decision.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  18. Emmytt

    Luke cage already has a cast and everything already how?

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  19. T.Clark

    ...has there ever been a fan outcry for Dazzler? I don't get it.

    I'm interested in Luke Cage and Dr. Strange as far as these "lesser" heroes are concerned.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  20. Mmm_mmm

    Whats [bold] Ka-Zar? A more assertive Ka-Zar?

    5 years agoby @mmm-mmmFlag

  21. GreatOz

    Now is the time for a Howard The Duck movie done the right way, while they are considering other crap like Power Pack. Slip in Howard and no one will notice. Of course, Howard the Duck(1986) was crap but it was done wrong. The time is ripe for a cigar talking duck in todays society.

    5 years agoby @greatozFlag

  22. Randommovie


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