Scott Derrickson is far better at twitter than I am. The director of the upcoming Doctor Strange movie posts regularly and one of his recent tweets was this nice piece of art:
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 3, 2014
So what could this image mean? The piece is from a 1986 graphic novel Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa by J.M. DeMatties and Dan Green. This was a time when Marvel was using the graphic novel format to tell amazing stories like The Death of Captain Marvel and X-Men: God Loves Man Kills. Into Shamballa fit right in and is considered by many to be one of the best Doctor Strange stories.
The story is basically Strange goes to the Ancient Ones' home in the Himalayas and discovers that his former master has left him one confusing gift. An object that allows Strange to communicate with the Lords of Shamballa. This is an opportunity for humanity to grow into a new age of enlightenment, but it comes at a cost.
This would be an interesting story to use as the frame work for the film. A way to show Strange's origin without it being an origin story. And with the name drop in Captain America: The Winter Soldier it seems that Strange is already active in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It could also be Derrickson's way of messing with folks:
I've learned so much this year – like how many faux-journalist fucktards will write anything for a click.
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 4, 2014