With Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange up and coming, fans may wonder what drives the magic behind the Sorcerer Supreme. How does his magic work? Games Radar interviewed director Scott Derrickson and he spoke of how he prefers it all to remain a mystery and not explained with science. He believes that mystery is what drives the tone of the movie as well.
Also, during the 2016 Olympics, a new Doctor Strange trailer had been revealed which leaned more towards the whole “mind-blowing, world-turning Inception thing,” according to Screen Crush.
Derrickson further explained that he couldn’t picture anyone else other than Benedict Cumberbatch portraying the role as the actor was thought to have so accurately portrayed the Marvel character, flaws and all. Even his fall from from an egocentric lifestyle is demonstrated. The director explained Doctor Strange is an origin story and that would make sense as this is the first MCU solo flick with this character.
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Actor Mads Mikkelsen talked with Games Radar regarding how Doctor Strange set itself apart from the rest of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He explained how it’s rather psychedelic and darker than the typical comic book movie.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained two years ago how magic would work in this movie. Birth.Movies.Death sat down with him and discussed it. Feige made a comparison with the Cosmos series and the Harry Potter franchise. With the latter, he talked that if you actually placed a scientist into Hogwarts, he/she would probably find out the science behind it all. In the Marvel movie, there’s no real emphasis in covering that with Doctor Strange.
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“You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Doctor Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer – ‘How is this happening?!’ – and nothing.”
Doctor Strange was also described by Feige as “one of the best origin stories ever” and thought it would behoove them to take that leap into the supernatural, according to Screen Rant.
“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.”
Derrickson also talked about how he had no pressure to integrate the Doctor Strange movie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe but did indicate there are “touches” here and there tying it into the MCU.
Kevin Feige did acknowledge in the Birth.Movies.Death interview that the flick is significantly different from the “house” movies most known with Marvel films. It was explained as “weird” and suggested it doesn’t quite fit into the Marvel movie aesthetics. He likened it to that of The Matrix.
“Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip,” he said. With all the recent news about directors being courted for the film this is interesting – who will be able to deliver for Marvel the kind of mind-trip Feige wants while also making a movie that will hit a wide audience?”
The Marvel movie also stars Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and a host of others.
The Doctor Strange movie debuts on Nov. 4.
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