With 2015 in the books, we can fully devote ourselves to the nerd films of 2016. There will be seven major comic-book releases this year, with some other additions to be sure. In the past few years, Marvel Studios has had a good trend going. Each year brings both a sequel and an original film. In 2014 it was Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. In 2015 it was Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. In 2016, the studio will officially kick off their Phase 3 with Captain America: Civil War.
After the Avengers have been split in their civil war though, Marvel will be taking us to a weird place, perhaps even weirder than Guardians of the Galaxy. In November of this year, the mystical realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be fully explored in Doctor Strange. Kevin Feige spoke to Entertainment Weekly (via Collider) about the inherent weirdness that comes when adapting a property like Doctor Strange:
“When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time,” explains producer Kevin Feige. “So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.”
Doctor Strange will tell the story of famed neurosurgeon Stephen Strange. Strange is involved in some sort of accident, rendering his hands useless. In the search to heal his hands, Strange comes upon a figure known as The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who trains Strange in the ways of mysticism and general weirdness.
In addition to confirming some plot details and releasing some concept art, EW has released a handful of images showing off the newest Marvel superhero. We had scene Benedict Cumberbatch in various set photos in the past, but nothing compares to these images which fully bring to life the Sorcerer Supreme.
“[Benedict] was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time. But he kept getting more popular, and more popular, and he kept getting busier, and busier, and it looked like the timing wasn’t going to work. So we looked at some other actors for a while and ultimately decided, ‘We have to try and make it work with Benedict and with his schedule.’”
If you couldn’t tell, there is A LOT to look forward to in this film. Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), with a script from Jon Spaights (Prometheus) and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister). The film’s cast reads as if it were an Oscar-bait movie. In addition to Bendict Cumberbatch, the film will feature Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Mads Mikkelsen. Doctor Strange will be released on November 4, 2016.