Marvel’s ‘Dr. Strange’ won’t be an origin story. Yeah. okay.

Dr. Strange.

According to That Guy from Rad Azz Digest, Marvel’s Dr. Strange isn’t going to be an origin story. Which, whatever, okay? First off – so what. Second off – I have to say I think we’re going to be delving into the ontology of what constitutes an origin story. Like just because we aren’t going to see Stevey Strange sprouting pubes doesn’t mean that being introduced to him and his backstory isn’t an origin story. Am I making sense here? Bueller?

According to one source, Marvel Studios doesn’t want to do origin stories anymore and Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, won’t be one.

The quote came from Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci, appearing on the Schmoes Know Network. You can watch the video at those links but at the 52 minute mark there, Faraci said this:

Doctor Strange, they had a script in house forever….It’s a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange, it’s gotta Baron von Mordo as the bad guy. That’s all gone. Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So Doctor Strange’s movie no longer has an origin. It begins in media res, it’s got Doctor Strange all ready established as The Sorcerer Supreme. It’s a totally new script. Jon Spaiths is working totally new, on his own, without any of the previous stuff. They’re not even touching the previous script….This is not going to be 20 minutes of him as a doctor.

That might sound like a radical departure and in the modern superhero era, it is. But Marvel Studios was already setting this up, at least in terms of Doctor Strange. Strange is mentioned as a threat in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, suggesting he was already a threat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the time of that film. So he exists.