It sounds like Marvel is looking to move away from origin stories and like we specifically won't be getting one in the Doctor Strange film that is being directed by Scott Derrickson. The news came from Badass Digest's Devin Faraci while he was a guest on Meet The Movie Press. This is exactly what he had to say about it:
"So, for Doctor Strange they've had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories. So, Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res. It has Doctor Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It is a totally new script. Jon Spaihts is working totally new, on his own, without any of the previous stuff. Not even touching the previous script."
I hope this is true because I love the idea of bypassing the origin story and just getting right into the meat of the character. What's interesting about this is that in a separate interview with Screen Rant about a week ago, Kevin Fiege talked about the character, and how awesome his origin story is. It sounds like that's exactly what Marvel is going for.
"With Strange, it is a classic Marvel origin story because he’s got one of the best origins ever. And it’s our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural. Now, what is the definition of supernatural? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. The very sort of crazy – [Steve] Ditko crazy acid trip way of traveling through dimensions and traveling through other realms is something that we think is very, very cool … playing with the perceptions of reality.
"I just watched the Neil deGrasse Tyson Cosmos series, which is amazing, and which may as well be an acid trip. It is mind-bending and it’s all based in physics and based in quantum mechanics. We’re going to play a lot with the notion of that as an explanation for how the sorcerers do what they do."
Doctor Strange is one of my favorite Marvel characters, and I'm excited for whatever the studio and Derrickson are planning for him.