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Later this year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands in a new direction when Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange opens in theaters around the globe. Though this will serve as a proper introduction to flawed surgeon Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), the movie also acts as the fourteenth film in the ongoing MCU, and fans have grown accustomed to the fact that theirs a connective tissue to these movies, to these stories, and to the action that occurs during each one.
With this in mind, we put the question to Marvel President Kevin Feige during a recent set visit to the London set of Doctor Strange. Seeing as how this standalone origin story arrives after the devastating events of Captain America: Civil War, how will Derrickson's Doctor Strange connect to the overall MCU? How much does Strange know about the Avengers, and vice versa? Feige explained to us:
Kevin Feige went on to explain:
This is the new Catch-22 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we get to a point where they still need to do solo origin stories for new heroes -- be it Black Panther, Captain Marvel of Doctor Strange -- there is so much MCU history that can't be overlooked, so you have to dabble a little. Marvel has been VERY creative in how they have approached these new characters, dropping Black Panther in Civil War and using Iron Man to bring Spider-Man into the fold. But Strange (Cumberbatch) has not appeared on screen prior to this movie, so this will be his traditional introduction.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4. We will have plenty more coverage from the set visit today, tomorrow, and the rest of the week.