The fast-approaching Doctor Strange is not only the first solo character movie in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; the film is also the first to feature proper magic (not “super-advanced alien technology” or “miracles”) and will explore the mystical side of the MCU as no film or TV show before it has. Whereas Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 has now both opened the door to the supernatural in the MCU and become the first addition to Marvel’s larger shared universe to incorporate supernatural horror elements (with the debut of Ghost Rider), Doctor Strange aims to kick open that door in full; revealing that beyond the borders of our reality, there be monsters and demons.
It’s fitting, then, that Doctor Strange is being co-written and directed by Scott Derrickson: a filmmaker who oeuvre (to no small degree) encompasses stories about characters whose worldview are challenged by dark and terrifying forces that they cannot explain, with such Derrickson-helmed movies as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil tackling related ideas head-on. Derrickson is shown on-set in a number of newly-released behind the scenes photos from Doctor Strange, too.
Doctor Strange‘s A-list cast members Chiwetel Ejiofor (playing Baron Mordo), Tilda Swinton (playing The Ancient One) and Stephen Strange himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, are also highlighted in both those behind the scenes pics and some new high-res Doctor Strange screenshots. In addition, the Sorcerer Supreme himself is featured alone in one of three newly-unveiled character posters that you can check out with the images, below:
The other two key Doctor Strange supporting players getting their own posters here are Wong (Benedict Wong) and Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) – the latter of whom is also featured in one of the images in the above gallery. These pics are arriving hot on the heels of official Doctor Strange screenshots showing not only Christine opposite Stranger in their respective hospital outfits, but also Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen as the film’s main villain, Kaecilius.
Benedict Wong has specifically described his version of Wong as being a “drill sergeant” and one of the “masters of sorcery” in the Doctor Strange movie, suggesting that he’s among those overseeing the training of Stephen Strange and other sorcerers in the making in the above screenshots. As for McAdams: her character, Christine Palmer, originated in the short-lived standalone Night Nurse comics back in the early 1970s, but so far her role in the Doctor Strange film appears to be akin to Rosario Dawson’s role as fellow nurse Claire Temple in the Marvel/Netflix TV series (read: a quasi-love interest who helps to keep our hero(es) healthy). Perhaps there’s more to Christine than meets the eye, too?
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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – 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: Marvel Studios