Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange movie starring Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch is in motion. Recently, according to IGN, a set shot was tweeted by Louis D’Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios, who is also known for his work on Joss Whedon’s first Avengers movie, the 2008 Iron Man film, and many other works. Here he’s seen pictured with cohorts co-producer Stephen Broussard and director Scott Derrickson in what may be the Sanctum Sanctorum set.
— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) December 14, 2015
As it seems, the background looks like something out of an Indiana Jones movie, minus the ark. Though the ark might not be present, there is what looks to be something that is ancient in nature. Could it be the Seal of Vishanti? If so, it’s known for its ability to keep evil out of Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, according to Cinema Blend. That being said, could other relics or artifacts/props of Stephen Strange be lying around somewhere?
In the Doctor Strange comic book there exists the Book of the Vishanti, which is known in Marvel lore as a spell book for defensive purposes, according to Marvel Wikia. It acts to counteract offensive spells and the book itself doesn’t cast spells of which are offensive. It would be interesting to find what pieces of eye candy that may exist in the Sanctorum.
Going back to the seal, it looks like it’s emblazoned with what appears to be bay entry doors to the Ancient One’s venue, and doesn’t really look like the inside of the Sanctum Sanctorum, according to Cinema Blend. For those familiar with the Ancient One, the comic book version reveals an elderly man where Doctor Strange was under his tutelage. It was then that Stephen Strange received his powers and training.
Chronicles of Narnia’s Tilda Swinton is cast to play The Ancient One.
As the “guess what’s in the Doctor Strange twitter photo” commentary continues, therein also lies, next to the supposed Seal of Vishanti, what looks to be The Eye of Agmatto. Sounds like the world of Stephen Strange is getting more appealing as these interesting Easter eggs make their subtle appearances, right? If this is the “eye,” then comic book lore defines it to be one of the three eyes given to Doctor Strange for the purpose of taking on Dormammu, an evil being who had attempted to take on the Earth Dimension, according to Marvel Wikia.
Though, the technicalities continue even further, it’s interesting to possibly see these things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, Doctor Strange has now taken on Sinister and Sinister 2 writer C. Robert Cargill to rejoin director Scott Derrickson on the team. They both teamed up together to do both horror films and now are working together on the Marvel Studios Sorcerer Supreme movie. Cargill made this known via his own Twitter page, according to Collider.
So yeah. It's finally out in the wild. I've been working on this for the better part of the last year. pic.twitter.com/BTZDaItsbt
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) December 14, 2015
Jon Spaihts of the Prometheus movie has been given credit to the movie’s screenplay, while Cargill has been brought on board to “work out the kinks in the story.” Prior to Spaihts, Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer worked on an earlier Doctor Strange draft. Considering that it was mentioned that Cargill has a “solid working relationship” with Derrickson, it would make sense that their experience collaborating on previous projects would likely work well with this one.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams, and is scheduled to open in theaters on Nov. 4, 2016. That being said, are you ready to experience the world of movie mysticism with Stephen Strange?
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