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Marvel’s Kevin Feige on ‘Doctor Strange,’ Magic and That Director ‘Shortlist’

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Earlier this week, word circulated that Marvel Studios had narrowed its list of potential directors for the long-discussed Doctor Strange to just three names: Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Mark Andrews (Brave) and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). However, studio President Kevin Feige indicates the shortlist isn’t quite so … short.

“We’ve met with all of [those three],” Feige told Slashfilm during a press junket for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “Some of those three are not in contention any more, some of those three we’re still talking with and there are many others. We have not narrowed it down as much as the internet thinks. I wish we had.”

Badass Digest also spoke to Feige to get some insight into how magic works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable,” he said. “If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic? You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer — ‘How is this happening?!’ — and nothing.”

He added, “Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.”