Even though director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios have been shooting Doctor Strange for weeks, first in Nepal, and then moving to London, the beginning of production wasn't officially announced until last week. Marvel had planned a big day for marketing their first two Phase 3 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning with this announcement which also confirmed the film's cast, before revealing the trailer for Captain America: Civil War later that evening.
Both movies debut in 2016 and while Captain America: Civil War focuses characters we've already met being held accountable for their actions, Doctor Strange is an origin story featuring an all-new cast of characters. And helping lead this roster is Rachel McAdams who's character is rumored to be a version of Night Nurse from Marvel Comics.
Speaking with MTV while attending New York's Gotham Independent Film Awards this week Rachel McAdams was finally able to talk about Doctor Strange in an official capacity. Of course, she cannot reveal details and her character still remains largely a mystery, but McAdams can talk about the reasoning behind joining the project and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I mean, I just love the director. I met with Scott [Derrickson] and loved his vision, he was so passionate. And the opportunity to work with Benedict was kind of a no-brainer. And Marvel makes amazing films, so it was a complete package."
"It's definitely not going to be like any of the other films."
The Canadian actress stars alongside an Oscar-caliber cast for Marvel's weirdest film to date, the first Marvel Studios production that will delve deep into the concepts of parallel worlds, inter-dimensional travel and the astral plane from Marvel Comics. Where Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, Doctor Strange will introduce its magical side, playing a big role in laying the groundwork for Phase 3 of the MCU and beyond.
Whether or not the rumors are true about Doctor Strange potentially connecting to Marvel TV's Netflix programming - crossing over with Iron Fist - we can count on the character having a big role in future Avengers films.
Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Black Mass, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian), Rachel McAdams (Southpaw, Sherlock Holmes) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs, A Serious Man) with Mads Mikkelsen (Clash of the Titans, Casino Royale) and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, The Grand Budapest Hotel). The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.