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Most of Marvel Studios’ recent movies has been shot on sound stages in the UK, with exceptions such as the upcoming Ant-Man (which is currently in production in Atlanta, Georgia). The studio’s Doctor Strange comic book film adaptation will not be a similar exception, as Marvel is reported to be on the verge of striking a deal for the project – with Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) onboard as director – to begin filming in Pinewood-Shepperton by mid-2015, with the final target being a July 2016 release date that’s been reserved by Marvel for an “untitled movie.”
Marvel Studios hasn’t officially scheduled Doctor Strange for arrival on July 8th, 2016 just yet, but according to Screen Daily – and as we’ve suspected for a while now – that is very much the intended window for release. The site reports that Marvel is in “advanced negotiations” for Derrickson’s superhero flick to shoot in the UK, with crews already being assembled to move into Shepperton by either late 2014 or early 2015, in order to make a tentative May 2015 production start date.
Derrickson’s Marvel film – currently being rewritten by Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hour, Prometheus) – will introduce the neurosurgeon-turned Sorcerer Supreme, Stephen Vincent Strange to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movie is going to open up the mystical side of the MCU – much as Guardians of the Galaxy did for the cosmos of Marvel’s film-verse this year – following the “Age of Miracles” being ushered in with the addition of the characters Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch to the MCU. (Their proper introduction will happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron next year, after their end-credits cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past spring.)