With fallout from Captain America: Civil War still lingering in its atmosphere, the Marvel Cinematic Universe readies for the second film of its third phase. The House of Idea’s next installment gives the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, his just due the big screen. Despite its own controversy over Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One, Marvel’s most mystical character's solo shot will explore a lesser-seen area of the MCU.
While Marvel's films are typically known for their work with superheroes, Doctor Strange will be their first examination of Marvel’s esoteric side, including the hidden world of demons and creatures from beyond our daily reality. It will also be one of the shared universes’ most genre-blended additions to date.
In a recent chat with Huffington Post, costar Scott Adkins (The Expendables 3) mentions the use of different elements in the upcoming film. Since the life and times of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) are steeped in mysticism and otherworldly realms, naturally, the film will delve into those areas. Adkins also discusses the darker edges explored in the film:
“This is going to show that other dimension side. I’m sure [director] Scott Derrickson’s going to bring some of his horror element into it as well. It’s gonna be a different version of a Marvel comic.”
In order to make Doctor Strange, a film which dives into darker realms, Marvel certainly picked the right director. Helmer Scott Derrickson has a terrifically scary pedigree, with films like Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose to his credits. Adkins feels it’s Marvel's ability to shift tones – from action flick (The Avengers) to spy thriller (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) to intergalactic buddy pic (the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok) – which gives the MCU its edge. He says:
“What’s great about Marvel is they don’t just make superhero movies. They make a different genre out of a different superhero film. Whether it’s a thriller, a straight-up action movie or political thriller, they’re likely to choose a different genre for different heroes, and we’re gonna see some psychedelic stuff in this one. Very exciting.”
As a side note, in the interview, Adkins also apologized for his role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, saying “it wasn’t my idea. I was doing what I was told by 20th Century Fox.”
At this point, Adkins role isn’t clear. However, it sounds as though it sounds like he’ll be playing a villain in the film or at least an antagonist of sorts, as he’s implied to be fighting alongside Mads Mikkelson’s character (who could be Dormammu?) against Cumberbatch. It’s also unclear if he and Mikkelson are allied with Baron Mordo (Chiwitel Ejiofor) or if the Baron will assist the good Doctor, as Ejiofor has suggested. It's also a mystery as to which if any of the characters is allied to or responsible for the film’s potential main nemesis (as suggested by the LEGO set release).
In addition to being one of the most (potentially) terrifying additions to the MCU, Doctor Strange’s horror and mystical aspects could be an important step on the path to Avengers: Infinity War. Strange’s capabilities (especially if he possesses the Time Stone), as well as his cross-dimensional abilities would be a major help in facing down the galactic scale threat of Thanos (and others?).
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: Huffington Post