In a year with some truly different superhero movie concepts - hero vs hero, villains as heroes, and hero by way of South Park - Doctor Strange may end up being the most unique yet. Described by its cinematographer as "Marvel's Fantasia," the film's recent Comic-Con trailer featured world-bending imagery that made Inception look blasé.
Needless to say, the film has piqued fans' curiosity. The real test will be how the Sorcerer Supreme fares with the general public, but Marvel Studios has made a habit of taking low-recognition IPs and turning them into gold. So besides the box office draw of Internet boyfriend and "pengwing" aficionado Benedict Cumberbatch, the real question now is what Doctor Strange will do to stand out from the fall's box office lineup.
In a recent feature by Entertainment Weekly, writer/director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) was asked about what to expect. He said:
"All I will say is that the movie deals heavily with other dimensions. There was a fair amount of surrealist art and photography and M.C. Escher that played into the visual design of the movie. The ambition was to use cutting-edge visual effects to do things that are fresh and new -- to not just blow things up."
Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!) plays Strange's mystic mentor, The Ancient One. Swinton followed up to explain why the project appealed to her:
"My home is in experimental cinema. I've always worked with people who are messing with stuff. Marvel is going to pull some s*** out no one's ever seen before."
You had our curiosity, but now you have our attention. While actors often aren't shy of using hyperbole to discuss upcoming projects, Swinton certainly isn't exaggerating about her career. Her resume is a "who's who" of fascinatingly offbeat projects with even juicier roles. An actress of her caliber has no need to "slum it" in populist film roles, so this lends credence to her statement. Additionally, we already have the aforementioned trailers to confirm her feelings about the matter. The film is already looking so truly trippy that it'd be shocking if the unseen 120-odd minutes of runtime were by the numbers.
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 – 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.
Source: EW (via CBR)