From radioactive spiders and aliens to magic and mysticism, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is leaving no (Infinity) stone unturned. Doctor Strange looks like a deviation from the blockbuster action films Marvel fans are used to, but its strong cast of acclaimed actors and magical elements are sure to make for a fun and unique addition to the MCU. While several other Marvel properties have hinted at magical forces (Ant-Man, Agent Carter, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Doctor Strange will be the first feature film in which magic is a main focus.
There's a lot of mystery still surrounding Mads Mikkelsen's character, Kaecilius. Originally a servant to Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Marvel seems to have altered Kaecilius' origin story based on a prequel comic that has already been released, Doctor Strange Prelude #1. In it, we learn that Kaecilius has left the Masters of the Mystic Arts in pursuit of someone who has stolen a magic relic that grants the user the ability to access forces of darkness.
Mikkelsen, who is no stranger to roles that are a bit outside the norm (Hannibal, Men and Chicken), spoke to Digital Spy about a few of his stand outs. He mentions that he's got a seriously dark sense of humor and has a hard time relating to any other kind. When asked if he planned to bring any of his dark humor to Doctor Strange, he replied:
"You can't bring it yourself, if it's in the script you have to sort of lean into the script that's already there. There is some. My character is not necessarily carrying too much of it but Doctor Strange is. there's a certain darkness in the Doc and a sense of humor in there, absolutely."
From the trailers we've seen, there doesn't look to be room for much humor, but there are sure to be awkward and hilarious moments as Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) learns to use his new abilities. The special effects are going to be a large part of the film given what we know so far, but Mikkelsen doesn't have a problem with CGI:
"CGI is not a new thing for me, I've done it in a few movies. This one was not too bad, the CGI was not in direct interaction with me in my scenes, it was more like the backdrops, the landscapes would be slightly different sometimes, but I didn't have to interact with it. But I've done that before in 'Clash of the Titans' when we were fighting giant monsters. They were obviously not in the film and I was fighting tennis balls, and that I'd say is real acting!"
There's no doubt that Marvel is taking a leap of faith with Doctor Strange. Co-writer Robert Cargill promises that things get crazy and that fans are in for "a hell of an experience" with this genre-busting addition. Fans can certainly expect more announcements since director Scott Derrickson confirmed that Doctor Strange will be making a Hall H appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, though there have been no official cast confirmations at this time.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. 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, 2019; Avengers: 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: Digital Spy