A big Marvel presence was always on the cards for San Diego Comic-Con this year, with the focus being Doctor Strange, the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film will introduce the titular Doctor Stephen Strange to the MCU, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and will also explore the more supernatural side of the comic-book movie genre - something that's only just been partly shown in teasers and posters.
Joining Cumberbatch on the cast list will be Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelsen. Marvel have already started with the Comic-Con promotion by displaying the costumes of three of the most prominent characters from the movie; Cumberbatch's now familiar Doctor Strange costume, along with the outfits worn by Baron Mordo and The Ancient One, played by Ejiofor and Swinton, respectively.
The picture was released via Marvel's official Twitter account, encouraging fans who are at the 'Con to head on over for a better look. You can check out the photo of them, below.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) 21 July 2016
Update: Our own Rob Keyes nabbed close-up shots of all three costumes for HD detail. Enjoy!
As costumes go, particularly ones based upon comic book depictions, all three outfits look good. In particular, Cumberbatch's red and blue robes bear close resemblance to the outfit Strange wears in the comics, which should please fans who are eagerly anticipating this movie. While three costumes on display is clearly no indication of how good the film is going to be, it can be taken as a good sign that the designers seem to have followed the comic book origins for their character's costumes. Doctor Strange co-writer C. Robert Cargill has already hinted at the movie following suit, and sticking close to source material, when he said the film is about as crazy as it gets.
It's expected that director Scott Derrickson will use Comic-Con as an opportunity to unveil previously unseen Doctor Strange footage, and it's not unreasonable to hope that this might give rise to some of the more supernatural elements of the movie being exposed. Though Doctor Strange will follow on as the second movie of Marvel's phase 3, it will set a very different tone to that created in Captain America: Civil War.
Civil War was a box office smash, and given that fan-favorite Cumberbatch now takes center stage, with the also popular Mikkelsen opposite in a villainous role, it seems fair to assume that Doctor Strange will also prove to be a big box office pull. Following the release of merchandise details, new posters, and now the Comic-Con costume display, stand by for more Doctor Strange promotional material to come (and soon, too).
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by 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.
- Doctor Strange (2016) release date: Nov 04, 2016