In today’s “Marvel is taking over the world” news, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has given some great quotes on what to expect with their 2016 film, Doctor Strange. Over the past years Marvel has been releasing two films each year (2013: Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. 2014: Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.) and that trend will continue in 2016. Though Captain America: Civil War looks to be the event film of next summer, November 2016 will see the release of Doctor Strange, and Marvel looks to have something truly special with this release.
Speaking to Birth. Movies. Death., Feige spoke to a handful of elements regarding Doctor Strange. Though it has not been confirmed, there is a report that Tilda Swinton will be playing the role of “The Ancient One.” That is a very exciting casting, although it may cause a disconnect with purists in that The Ancient One has always been portrayed as an oriental male. Feige explains why they believe they have more leeway with The Ancient One’s casting:
“As we were developing this film we looked at The Ancient One as a mantle more than a specific person.”
Beyond giving comments on their casting process, the real gold in this interview is when Feige speaks about Doctor Strange’s strangeness (pun intended). The Doctor Strange mythos has always been out there. Transcendental meditation, materialization and other various aspects regarding spirituality, there is a lot to draw from in the Doctor Strange mythos. Speaking at their Marvel event in October 2014, Feige said Doctor Strange will introduce “parallel dimensions” and truly explore the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In this current interview, Feige reveals that Ant-Man gets weird as the film goes on (it is a shrinking movie after all) and it will help set the stage for how weird the Marvel films will get:
“It also represents the tip of the mind-bending weirdness we’re going to do in Strange, which I think will surprise people.”
Read Feige’s full comments here.
This is all exciting stuff. I look forward to Marvel exploring the supernatural/spiritual side of their stories and Doctor Strange looks to be the perfect vehicle to do so. The film will be directed by Scott Derickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme himself. Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4, 2016, for a taste of the character’s psychedelic weirdness, please view these excellent fan-made credits that have been circling the web.