Rumor of the Day: The Dr. Strange movie is set BEFORE The Avengers

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Jul 11, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT (Updated)

Could the introduction of Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme predate the assembling of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?

We've known that Marvel has been at work on a Doctor Strange flick for some time now, but we're only just beginning to get hints of what the plot might be. A few days ago we got rumors of how his origin story will play out on the big screen, and now some alleged script pages may reveal where the film fits in the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Comic Book Movie's TheDailySuperhero reports that he's been slipped three pages of script from the film from a "Marvel source who is close to the development of the film." According to this source, the working title of the film is the decidedly pun-tastic Eye See You (a reference to the Doctor's Eye of Agamotto amulet). And here's a rundown of what those script pages convey, according to TheDailySuperhero. It's all interesting, but what really struck us is the second paragraph.

"Nick Fury and SHIELD locate a strong power reading from a mountain in Tibet. Another person is in the same room with Fury and also sees a green-like radiation pulsing from the mountain and asks Fury is it's terrestrial. Fury says it is being analyzed but he hasn't seen such a power surge since Bruce Banner had an accident with Gamma Rays. Fury concludes by saying the Black Widow is in the vicinity and will investigate but until she sends a report, SHIELD is not sure what the proper response is at the moment.

"Then, the third page starts with Doctor Strange begin tired and goes to lay down for the night and in the morning is awakened by his trusted partner Wong. Strange is brought some coffee. Strange sits up and has some menial banter with Wong and grabs a newspaper. The first headline on the paper talks about a giant earthquake in New York, while the second headline says that Tony Stark is officially Iron Man. His response to the Stark headline is, 'Lucky bastard.'"

The "giant earthquake in New York" headline seems like it could be an Incredible Hulk reference, while the Tony Stark news is most definitely a reference to the ending of Iron Man. That would place at least this particular segment of the film sometime before the events of Iron Man 2, and definitely before The Avengers. Will the whole film predate Joss Whedon's superhero extravaganza? Will we jump back and forth through time? Are these even real script pages? We'll have to wait and see.

(Via Comic Book Movie)