UPDATE: Doctor Strange Movie News 7-23-16 – The Second Doctor Strange Trailer is Here!
OK, if you’ve been waiting for more Doctor Strange, Comic-Con just delivered a doozy. We’ve got the second trailer here, and unlike a lot of second trailers, this isn’t just a retread with a few snippets of new footage. No, this one is loaded with new footage, and actually gives you a really good idea of the trippy, mysitcal atmosphere they’re going for.
Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments!
UPDATE: Doctor Strange Movie News 7-15-16 – Official Doctor Strange Comic Con Poster Revealed
Comic-Con is just around the corner, and we’re getting a first look at the Comic Con poster.
What do you think? Looks pretty awesome, right?
UPDATE: Doctor Strange Movie News 6-27-16 – Doctor Strange Tie-in Comics Reveals More Info on Mads Mikkelsen Character
Information from the upcoming Doctor Strange Prelude comics has shed some more light on Kaecilius, the character Mads Mikkelsen is playing in the upcoming movie. The comic centers around a powerful staff that is stolen from the British Museum. The staff could wreak havoc in the wrong hands, so four masters of the mystical arts, including Kaecilius, team up to reclaim the staff. Kaecilius is definitely impressed by its power, and it’s hinted that the staff (referred to as the Eye of Agamotto, which is one of Strange’s most valued and powerful possessions in the comics) might contain one of the Infinity Gems. Interesting indeed!
UPDATE: Doctor Strange Movie News 6-27-16 – Benedict Wong Teases His Doctor Strange Character
Actor Benedict Wong has revealed that his character Wong in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie will be taking on a different role from the comics. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant. We’re heading in a different direction.There isn’t any martial arts for Wong in Doctor Strange actually, he’s more of a drill sergeant to Kamar-Taj. He’s one of the masters of sorcery.”
What do you think of this new direction for the character?
UPDATE: Doctor Strange Movie News 6-22-16 – Mads Mikkelsen’s Villain Revealed
The name for Mads Mikkelsen’s villain in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie has been revealed, and it’s not what fans were expecting (someone such as Dormammu or Nightmare). He will be playing Kaecilius. For those who don’t recognize the name, Kaecilius is a disciple of Baron Mordo, who Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing in the movie. In the comics, Mordo and Strange are both students of the Ancient One, with Mordo eventually hungering for more power and working up a scheme to steal the Ancient One’s power. Kaecilius aids Mordo, though their plot is eventually foiled by Strange.
This will probably be handled a little differently in the movie,and Mikkelsen has previously saif that his character is “not really a baddie,” and just has a different viewpoint than Strange.
UPDATE: Doctor Strange Movie News 5-6-16 – Michael Giacchino Will Score
It was announced today that Michael Giacchino will be handling the score for the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. This isn’t the first superhero-themed movie for Giacchino (he handled music duties for The Incredibles and Sky High) but it is his first score for a Marvel movie.
The Doctor Strange Movie: Jumping Into the Sanctum Sanctorum
The Doctor Strange movie will be based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name, who made his first appearance in “Strange Tales” Issue #110 in 1963. Stephen Strange will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch, previously seen in the television series “Sherlock” and film “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The actor is typically cast as highly intelligent and gifted characters, fitting the role of Stephen Strange who is described on the film’s IMDB page as “a brilliant but arrogant surgeon [who] gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.”
Doctor Strange, in the comics, goes through quite the transformation to become a Marvel hero. Following a car accident, the somewhat greedy and unsavory neurosurgeon finds his tools of the trade—his hands—damaged. He seeks out help through magical means as a sorcerer’s apprentice, and through years of training, comes out with a different perspective. The character was created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.
With the release of photographs featuring Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, some fans have voiced concerns that the costume looks “too much” like the Doctor Strange from the comic books, saying that it seems too close to cosplay and would likely not mesh well with the more modernized looks of the other Marvel Universe characters. Others welcome this look of the cape-and-high-collar mystic, saying that it keeps from pulling the mystical elements that make this character so great out of the film.
Interestingly, the actor meshes with the role in more than just appearance and typecasting, having spent a gap year teaching English at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India. He says that he is “very excited about that spiritual dimension” and that it is “something that’s been a huge part of [his] life.” Other actors that have been cast in the Doctor Strange movie are Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Amy Landecker, and Scott Adkins.
The choice to cast Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, a role initially held by an ancient and wise Asian man, could be seen as another step away from an Asian role (as seen with Mandarin of Iron Man 3), but also a step towards opening up opportunities in cross-gender acting. There are rumors that Swinton may play the role as a man, adding a whole new level to the argument that casting in acting does not need to be as rigid as it has been in the past. Swinton’s androgynous features, paired with the fact that she has in the past played male roles, makes this an interesting element to the filming of Doctor Strange. She is quoted as saying:
“I have yet to decide exactly where I’m going to place the gender of this character. It’s not that I know andI’m not telling you—I have yet to decide that.”
This film is slated to give a much different experience than the other Marvel projects that we’ve seen. It will be providing more than superpowers and technological feats, instead bringing in magic, and introducing alternate dimensions where the laws of physics differ from our own. It may be less fist-to-fist (especially considering the state of Strange’s hands), but should be no less thrilling than its predecessors.
This will be the fourteenth film installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and is the latest film in Phase 3 of the MCU, whose goal is to “introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites” over the course of four years and nine films. The Doctor Strange movie is supposed to be the doorway into the more mystical areas of the Marvel Universe. The film is being described as a “mind-trip,” with concept artwork released that is akin to a psychedelic acid trip. It will be interesting to see how this film ties in with the others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Doctor Strange movie will be directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Jon Spaihts and Joshua Oppenheimer based on the comic books by Steve Ditko. Strange is producer Kevin Feige’s favorite character of Marvel, so he is paying special attention to getting everything just right for this film, including working around his number one choice for the lead role’s very busy schedule to ensure the character is as he envisions him. An Entertainment Weekly piece with Kevin Feige, the producer of the film, tells us a bit about the powers we will see. He says:
“He can do a whole host of things, eventually. He does cast spells, which in the comics have very sort of tongue-twisty fun names. We don’t want to shy away from that because that’s what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange.
He has a Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, but he doesn’t fly like Superman or like Thor. It’s almost got a consciousness of its own, this cloak, which, again, gives us a superhero with a red cape – which we’ve seen a few times – but allows us to do it in a wholly unique and wholly original way. He can create these mandalas of light that he can use as shields and he can use as sort of weapons. He can create portals that will open before your eyes that he can step through and go to other places around the world. And frankly, even in this film, we’ll only touch upon what a lot of his powers are.”
Many fans are delighted that the filmmakers are trying to translate the magic of the comic book artwork to the screen in as pure a fashion as they can, staying true to the psychedelic stylings of Ditko’s imagery. The comics were created in the 1960s when psychedelic images were very popular. This style is seen in one of the released concept art pieces, which appears to feature Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in some sort of transitional state between dimensions, as some fans are predicting. There are a lot of beautiful images and styles in the comics featuring Doctor Strange for the filmmakers to draw inspiration from. As you can see in the recent trailer, the Doctor Strange movie looks gorgeous. It is being filmed in such locations as London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal and is scheduled for release in North America on November 4th.
Stay tuned for more Doctor Strange movie news as we draw closer and closer to November.
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