Rumors of a Doctor Strange movie have been exiting the astral plane since 2008, when Marvel Studios became the powerhouse that Tony Stark built. In spring, he was one of the characters being primed for a moderately budgeted movie, and is one of the names being tossed around for Marvel's short film format. Now, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Doctor Strange is moving from theory to practice as Marvel Studios has hired Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to pen a script for the multi-dimensional magician. He may be the first superhero to fly under the Marvel / Disney banner.

For those new to to the pointy-caped wonder, Doctor Strange was a famous neurosurgeon. Naturally, he suffered from hubris and was cut down by the cruel gods who police comic book characters. A car accident injured his hands, and he scoured the world looking for a cure to his condition. He found it in the Himalayas thanks to a hermit known only as Ancient One. He became a sorcerer, defeating various mystical and occult forces and eventually earning the title Sorcerer Supreme.

Strange has one sexy 1970s television movie / pilot to his name, but has otherwise been in and out of movie development since 1986. Directors such as Guillermo Del Toro, David S. Goyer, and Wes Craven have attempted to bring him to the screen. Who will be the lucky individual who finally succeeds? With the talent Marvel is luring in these days, it could be any one.