We are just around the corner from another Marvel Studios' release and it promises to be one the most mind-bending experiences from the studio yet. Doctor Strange is the fourteenth film in the ongoing superhero saga that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe - and audiences are about to be exposed to the mystical side of the MCU in just a few weeks, from the time of writing this.
Marvel recently held a special preview event for Doctor Strange at IMAX theaters around the country. Attendees were treated to a full 15 minutes from the film and by almost all accounts, the scope of the movie is far beyond what most are expecting - with psychedelic visuals and sequences that have left many at a loss for words. The event has proven to be a marketing win as the buzz for the movie has only increased, which has left many moviegoers searching for more information and context for the movie.
In a brand new segment for ET, they interview the primary cast of Doctor Strange, who offer their takes on the movie and give detailed descriptions of their individual characters. You can watch that video, above.
It's clear from the above clip that the cast truly respects and adores Benedict Cumberbatch, who was tasked with bring Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange to three dimensional life. Despite it being only a brief look, you get a clear sense of the actor's gravitas and humor in the upcoming movie. However, he's far from the only talented actor on set, as it seems that Tilda Swinton is taking her role of the Ancient One extremely seriously. From the actress' physicality, to her innate knowledge of the character and her respect for the concept of "real proper inner magic," should make the Ancient One feel grounded, despite the fantastical elements at play.
Marvel president Kevin Feige is spot on when he describes the cast as an "embarrassment of riches," as even the supporting cast has leading actor qualities. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Baron Karl Mordo, who introduces Strange to the hidden world of magic and ultimately connects him with the Ancient One. The character has a duplicitous nature in the comics, so it seems that it's a role that has enough depth for Ejiofor to sink his acclaimed acting chops into.
Rachel McAdams plays Christine Palmer, an ER doctor who has both a professional and romantic past with Strange. Her character has been subject of much speculation and it seems that she will serve as an emotional anchor for the Doctor. We we also get a look at Wong, who is played by the aptly named actor Benedict Wong. The character is a master trainer in the ways of the mystic arts and his gruff personality looks to be a perfect complement to Strange's arrogant nature. It certainly looks as if the pair has a chance to be the MCU's version of the odd couple.
The preview provides another handful of reasons to get excited about the upcoming release. Of course it's important to keep in mind that this is a promotional tool that's been scientifically engineered to whet your superhero appetite. However, the buzz over Doctor Strange is loud and growing louder by the day. Fortunately, next month we will all find out if the magic is real.
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.