Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had a lot to digest after their panel at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, from the Gladiator Hulk armor for Thor: Ragnarok to some revealing Spider-Man: Homecoming footage to the announcement of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. With those movies set for release in 2017 and beyond, though, the question remains of what’s left for the MCU in 2016.

The answer to that question is Doctor Strange, which is scheduled for released in November. Despite the myriad of announcements and footage from other Marvel movies, Doctor Strange was not forgotten. It got its own Comic-Con trailer and poster as well as a look at its costumes and a surprise appearance from Benedict Cumberbatch. Director Scott Derrickson made an appearance as well, and teased what the movie means for the future of the MCU.

Speaking to Comic Book, Derrickson talked about the way Doctor Strange brings magic into the Marvel universe, something which led to a prelude comic to catch audiences up to speed. With that magic comes the potential for entire new universes, and with those universes comes a little bit of weirdness:

“I think that the short answer is this is the movie where Marvel goes full weird. That full weirdness is written in the Ditko images, the Jack Kirby images, the early Doctor Strange comic book panels that are still to this day so mind blowing.”

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That weirdness isn’t unique to the movies; rather, it was an integral part of the Doctor Strange comics as well. Derrickson explained all the different things that the comics brought to the greater Marvel universe and how those things made it into a multiverse:

“What the comics did was, they brought with Doctor Strange an extra dimension into psychadelia, mysticism, and spirituality and all these very 60’s things and broke open the Marvel comic book universe into the Marvel multiverse. I think Doctor Strange is going to be the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. It’s really serving the same function that the comic did. Even though it was a weird aberration as a comic book, I think it was a real linchpin in the comics. It ended up being decades of new stories and I think this movie will do the same thing.”

The first trailer for Doctor Strange to come out certainly hinted at the weirdness and universe-shifting to come, with its Inception-esque image of two cities converging on each other. The prelude comic should help bring audiences up to speed on what’s in store, but for those who are used to an MCU that is (for the most part, anyway) grounded in reality and the laws of physics, Doctor Strange is poised to bust those doors wide open with a new MCU where anything is possible.

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Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

Source: Comic Book

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