Marvel Movie Release Dates: Deadpool With Ryan Reynolds Is Happening, Dr. Strange Announced

By Luca Saitta , Updated Sep 19, 2014 09:13 AM EDT

Two Marvel characters of varying iconicity (you may choose yourself which one is the greater) have been officially given cinematic release dates: we know now when Dr. Strange and Deadpool will be hitting theaters.

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Dr. Strange, the second new superhero introduced after Ant-Man in Marvel's Phase 3, will be coming to theaters on July 8, 2016. Doctor Strange will be the tale of Stephen Strange, a character already mentioned in passing in the Captain America sequel Winter Soldier as a notable threat to Hydra. Strange used to be a cocky neurosurgeon whose hands got disfigured in a car accident who then wanders the Earth until he finds the Ancient One, a not-young mystic who teaches him to become a PhD in witch doctoring rather than the regular kind. Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has already said this will not be a straight origin movie, so we're in the dark on this one.

Deadpool, the story of the merc with a mouth called Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds), will see release on February 12, 2016. Tim Miller of Blur Studios (who also made that Reynolds-voiced Deadpool short the internet went gaga over last comic con) will be directing, with a script from Zombieland's Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It'll be interesting to see if the movie completely ignores the character's hilariously ill-advised treatment from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and use X-Men: Days Of Future Past's continuity re-shuffling as a means to not have Deadpool be a mute with Baraka style armblades.

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