According to Variety, Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios! This is an awesome choice because, judging by some of the films that he has directed, like Sinister, Hellraiser: Inferno and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, to name a few, show that he has a grasp of the strange and unusual.
A quality that’s a must for a character like Doctor Strange.
Another thing that’s worth mentioning is that the only type of humor that I have seen in his movies is primarily of the gallows type, so it will (probably) be tonally different than anything else from from Marvel so far.
It could also potentially be a way to introduce characters like Blade and Ghost Rider to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Guillermo Del Toro, who most recently directed “Pacific Rim” is back in the directors chair with the opening to “The Simpsons Treehouse of Terror XXIV.” Along with nods to his own movies, he gives props to classic monsters like Frankenstein and the Invisible Man.
Blade also makes an appearance, which is awesome because Marvel, which has the rights to the character, could have been all sorts of douchey and said “No,” despite the fact that Del Toro directed “Blade II.”
Possibly, though under some certain very specific conditions. Marvel Studios has regained the rights to use characters like Blade, Ghost Rider, Daredevil and The Punisher, though Fox owns not only the rights to use the X-Men in features (which Wolverine is a member) but also the term “mutants” – describing enhanced human beings – as well.
And speaking of Daredevil, I suspect that a similar fate was only just avoided with The Fantastic Four, which was rushed into production with Josh Trask (Chronicle) at the helm.
Since Wolverine doesn’t necessarily “exist” outside the X-Men continuity, I suspect that for Marvel to regain the rights to the character they would have to first gain the rights to the entire X-Universe of characters.
And that’s possible, though considering how successful the last X-Men film was, it’s very, very unlikely.
What’s more likely – if Wolverine’s performance overseas were weaker or grows weaker overall – is that we would see no more single X-Men adventures, and instead concentrate on the team as a whole.