The Doctor Strange Easter Egg In Iron Man 3 With Stephanie Szostak As Ellen Brandt
We finally find out which character Stephanie Szostak will be playing in Iron Man 3, and it's apparently not the rumored Janet Van Dyne aka The Wasp, but it's listed as actually being Ellen Brandt.
As Marvel Comics fans may know, Ellen Brandt really has a lot to do with Man-Thing, but she also was involved with A.I.M -- as well as Doctor Strange.
First, let's get into her history with Man-Thing.
But before we begin, what I find interesting about Man-Thing related to Iron Man 3 is, if he's used in the movie, he sorta trumps Guillermo Del Toro's planned Justice League Dark movie which is set to include Swamp Thing. Joss Whedon already did it with Thanos and Darkseid, so why not again?
But getting back to Ellen Brandt, who is now listed on the Iron Man 3 IMDb page for Stephanie Szostak, she was in part responsible for the creation of Man-Thing as she was romantically involved with the scientist that that ended up becoming the guardian of the Nexus of Realities, Ted Sallis.
Sallis works for S.H.I.E.L.D attempting to re-create Captain America's lost Super-Soldier serum; however, A.I.M. (they are in Iron Man 3) sends one of their agents to infiltrate the project who Brandt has an affair with, and she turns on Sallis, shooting him. Sallis is then forced to use his experimental serum on himself, resulting in the Man-Thing.
Now, will all this be in Iron Man 3? On top of everything else?
But there is an interesting part of this story, and that is, it ties to Doctor Strange. Brandt eventually sees the error of her ways years later and attempts to save Man-Thing from being hunted by the locals, seemingly sacrificing herself. However, Doctor Strange is there to make the save.
Again, this sounds more like an entire movie of its own, so my guess it won't go exactly like this in Iron Man 3.
They could very well have Stephanie Szostak as an AIM Agent and even Sallis as a scientist.
They could simply have Doctor Strange be there as his regular old Doctor self, saving Sallis from gun shot wounds. Or "with a wink" using his magic to heal him.
We already know there are plans for a Doctor Strange movie; Kevin Feige did say that there will be hints of what's to come in Iron Man 3 that might not be recognized at first, and Doc is rumored for Thor 2 as well.
And as we said previously, we think Doctor Strange is the tie that binds the Marvel Phase 2 movies much like an Agent Coulson or Samuel L. Jackson did with the first phase.
There's also one other cool possiblity/Easter Egg that might be associated: Man-Thing scarred Brandt's face; any chance she becomes Madam Masque?
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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?