Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE Debut Posters and Trailer (Video)
Created by Steve Ditko (co-creator of Spider-Man) and originally scripted by Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, and more), Doctor Strange premiered in 1963’s Strange Tales #110, with the Sorcerer Supreme enduring as one of the Marvel Universe’s longest running characters. Aside from a live-action television movie and appearances in animation, Doctor Strange was one of the major Marvel heroes yet to make the jump to the big screen – until Marvel Studios, the producers behind such hits as Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man – put a script in motion in 2010. In Summer 2014, filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister) came aboard as director, with screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) tasked with providing the screenplay, which would find neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) sustain injuries in a horrific car accident, only to go on and discover the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
The second film in Marvel Studio’s Phase 3 – launching this May with Captain America: Civil War – Doctor Strange features a cast that includes Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton), Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs), Benedict Wong (The Martian) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal).
The creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy), production designer Charles Wood (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy), costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy), editors Wyatt Smith (Thor: The Dark World) and Sabrina Plisco (Charlotte’s Web), and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Guardians of the Galaxy).
“I was always interested in the extreme mind-bending visuals of the comics. I had very ambitious for the visuals, which were rooted in the comics, that movies haven’t done yet,” Derrickson told EW in December. “And a lot of that goes back to the Ditko artwork and all that ’60s craziness you see in the comics.” Added Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige, “When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it.”
“Stan Lee and, in particular, Steve Ditko, had an amazing psychedelic style. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time,” Feige continued. “So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie. The images can be just as trippy — for lack of a better term — as those Ditko images were in the past. So that, we hope, is going to set this movie apart from any of the other [Marvel] movies. And, from any other movie.”
Feige later shared with Empire a promise the filmmakers weren’t going to back down from the strangeness in Marvel Studios’ most unique film. “We see glimpses of something called the Dark Dimension,” Feige revealed. “If you were to open a Doctor Strange comic drawn by Steve Ditko, you would see the Dark Dimension is, in fact, very colorful in an extremely psychedelic way. Those are the things we’re not shying away from.” He added, Doctor Strange “couldn’t be any more different than any of the films that have come before it… There are more things that lurk in shadows in this movie, perhaps, than our other movies.”
Previously described as “Marvel’s Fantasia” by cinematographer Ben Davis and as a “mind-trip action film” by Derrickson, Feige’s most recent comments suggested the use of 3D would be utilized to further add to audience’s trippy enjoyment of Doctor Strange. “We were in VFX reviews the other day, one of the first ones for that movie — we just wrapped, we finished in New York…we did one of the first reviews and it was pretty exciting. It was pretty cool in terms of how 3D can serve that story,” Feige shared.
“You know, sometimes 3D is a tool, like it is in Civil War, a tool of –another toy in the sandbox of how the Russos (Joe and Anthony) can present [Captain America: Civil War], then there are times like what Disney is putting out with The Jungle Book – it’s certainly gonna be the case with Doctor Strange– that it serves the storytelling, that it advances the storytelling. And hopefully it helps bend people’s minds even more than with just the flat screen.”
Doctor Strange opens November 4th.