Whilst CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER delivered a lot for long-time Marvel fans, one nice little tease was the name-dropping of one Stephen Strange. It was literally a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference, but nonetheless, it’s nice to see a nod to Doc Strange on the big screen. Speaking to Crave Online, Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has been discussing this and whether it means that the long-rumoured Doctor Strange movie is in the works. In THE WINTER SOLDIER, Strange’s name is dropped in by Agent Sitwell as somebody that may be seen as a potential threat to HYDRA down the line.
Feige said, “Well, ‘we’ know what it means and where we want to head with it, but we were comfortable with keeping it in there and leaving it in there because there are a few different ways to interpret it. The whole thing, what Sitwell’s saying is, this algorithm is going to predict if you’re going to become a problem for HYDRA or not. So you don’t have to just be Tony Stark, actively plotting to save the world. You could be a kid whose SAT scores and whose essays have indicated that you’re going to be a problem one day. So is Stephen Strange the Sorcerer Supreme? Probably not at that point. Is he an unbelievably talented neurosurgeon who’s opinionated and kid of arrogant? Probably. That might put him on the list.”
Feige was then also asked about why Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye was not included in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. The reasoning seems to indicate that we’ll be seeing a lot of Hawkeye, as well as the Hulk, in Joss Whedon’s upcoming AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
Feige revealed, “We will discover, later, the answers to that question. But it really came down to how many players can you have on the field at this time? We really wanted to bring in Falcon, we really wanted to team Captain America up with Black Widow, we really wanted Fury to have more of a part than he’s ever had in any of the other movies before. We wanted, ever so briefly, to introduce Sharon Carter. And we had a fun place for Maria Hill to be involved. So we didn’t want to just have, ‘Hey, I’m Hawkeye! Hey, I’m Iron Man!’ We want to avoid brief cameos of the week. Not every character from every movie is going to be in AGE OF ULTRON, for sure. But Joss is excited and, for the characters you haven’t seen since the first AVENGERS – like Hawkeye, like Hulk – there’s a reason for that, and that gets showcased quite prominently in AGE OF ULTRON.”
There have previously been certain rumours that Hawkeye may actually bite the bullet in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, but that’s just speculation at this point. Out of all of the characters introduced so far, Renner’s rendition of Hawkeye is that one that seems to divide opinion the most. Then again, we’ve really not had the chance to see all that much of Hawkeye actually being Hawkeye yet.
Going forward, it appears that Stephen Strange is definitely a part of the MCU, at least. Whether he gets his own movie at some point, that’s to be confirmed. It does seem that there are definitely plans for the Sorcerer Supreme, though.
As for Hawkeye, he’ll be up next in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, released on 1st May, 2015.
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