Rumor of the Day: Is a Doctor Strange movie definitely coming soon?

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Feb 14, 2014, 2:46 PM EST (Updated)

Yet another Doctor Strange film rumor has surfaced, and this one claims the project is finally officially on the Marvel slate.

Even amid all the other eventual Marvel Studios projects we'd love to see, Doctor Strange remains one of the most talked-about, alongside the likes of Ant-Man, which we know we're getting, and Black Panther, which we're also still waiting for. For at least two years now, the official Marvel Studios line has seemed to be something resembling "We want to make it, but we have to wait for the right time." Well, according to the folks at Schmoes Know, the right time is approaching, and it's Marvel Studios Phase Three.

We're well into "Phase Two" of Marvel's superhero universe at the moment. Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World have already been released, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy are on the way this year, and Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron are headed our way next year. After Age of Ultron, Marvel will presumably be kicking Phase Three into high gear, and Schmoes Know has what they deem a "very reliable source" who claims to know exactly what films are on the slate for that phase.

"The movies that will be part of Phase III for absolute certain are: Ant-Man, Captain America 3, Thor 3, The Avengers 3 and Dr. Strange," the source said.

So, while we certainly have to take this with a hefty dose of salt, we've got another rumor -- coupled with the previous report that Johnny Depp is already on Marvel's radar to play the title role in the film -- claiming that Doctor Strange is absolutely on the way. So, why does this source think it's finally happening? Well, it all comes down to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

"Feige has pretty much confirmed Dr. Strange for some time now. They really wanted it to be a part of Phase 2 at one point, but like Ant-Man that just didn’t happen. That’s probably the one that Feige is personally rooting for the most and as a result it is the solo film that is the highest priority other than the sequels."

So, in this version of events, Doctor Strange is the next big new hero project after Ant-Man, but what about the other films we want? What about Black Panther?

"There has been talk about Black Panther and lots of talk about The Inhumans, they’re in the pipeline but are pretty much in the same boat that Dr. Strange and Ant-Man were in two years ago, where they want them to happen, and they will most likely both happen, but it’s just a question of how soon. However, those five films (Ant-Man, Cap 3, Thor 3, Dr. Strange & Avengers 3) are sure things and I can guarantee you they will all be announced at Comic Con if not sooner."

Well, this source certainly seems to be sure about the timeline. We've been burned before, of course, but we'll definitely keep an eye out. Comic-Con is only five short months away, after all, and it's always a big stage for Marvel fanfare.

What do you think? Is it finally time for Marvel to give us Strange?

(Schmoes Know via Comic Book Movie)