Without Wikipedia, the vast majority of people would have been in the dark about Marvel’s big announcement that Doctor Strange is heading into production. But hardcore comic fans know how iconic Strange is in the Marvel pantheon, and most importantly, the company itself realizes this. In a recent Q&A at CineEurope, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had this to say about Strange (via Total Film):

[W]e think we'll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year…Strange is very, very important, not just because it's an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who's gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis… [T]here's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side – the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own.

Doctor Strange is important to Marvel for another reason. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth don’t have lifelong contracts, and eventually they will retire from these superhero roles. With the right star, Strange can help fill the void in the Marvel Universe, and help a new generation of heroes get on the big screen. That’s why casting is key for a film like this. If done properly, Strange can usher in a new era for the studio.

[via Total Film]