Marvel Studios has seemingly made a habit of taking bigger and bigger risks with weirder and wilder properties as time goes on. This year, we've already seen their most beloved heroes throw down in Captain America: Civil War, and this fall, moviegoers will take a plunge into the interdimensional world of magic with Doctor Strange. The film is being described as "Marvel's Fantasia," and based on the look of its trailers, it's likely to be their wildest effort yet.
The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) in the titular role as the Sorcerer Supreme, with Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!) as his mentor, The Ancient One, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Karl Mordo, a fellow student and eventual rival. Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) will play Christine Palmer, who comic fans know as Night Nurse (the Florence Nightingale of superheroes). The film's plot is still shrouded in mystery, but we know it functions as an origin story for the character, and will feature Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as a villain, Kaecilius. The film is being directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister).
A recent tweet from Marvel's Russian division shows us an all-new look at Doctor Strange in his Sanctum Sanctorum. Take a look at the photo:
Unfortunately, there isn't much to chew on here that we haven't seen before, but Internet boyfriend, Cumberbatch is looking fine as ever in the titular hero's robes. It is, perhaps our most detailed look yet at The Seal of the Vishanti (Strange's magical skylight). The seal over the glass protects the Sanctorum (Strange's house on Bleecker Street) from mystical attacks. It is sometimes described as the Window of the Worlds or the Anomaly Rue. Fans of the Doctor Strange comics can attest that bad things tend to happen when it breaks.
The seal is receiving a tremendous amount of attention in the film's trailers and promotional imagery. Is its use important to the plot? Will a fracture in it result in the third act climax? Is it just a fantastic light source to highlight Strange's snazzy caped silhouette? Only time will tell!
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Doctor Strange as they hit.
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 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.