In a recent press junket, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the director of Doctor Strange Scott Derrickson and the film’s stars, Benedict Cumberbatch and Mads Mikkelson discussed Doctor Strange’s impact on the MCU at large. The spark that Feige speaks about the character’s unique mystical experience with is truly refreshing, given the movie’s more etherial nature.
We always say we have to push the boundaries, we have to keep surprising people, and we have to keep making them unique and different, and certainly, this movie and this character fits all of that. And also, tapping into other dimensions and tapping into that supernatural realm of the Marvel Comic Universe is going to come in handy, as we move forward throughout the Cinematic Universe. So, the timing was perfect.
Derrickson marvels on the attention lore of the material at hand as well.
“I remember, in some of my early meetings, saying that my goal was for every set piece in the movie to be the weirdest set piece in any other movie, but each one of them would be uniquely odd and unusual and refreshing. And that comes out of movie fandom, more than anything else, because that’s what I want to see. I want to see event movies that use visual effects and visual effect sequences for more than just mass destruction.”
The leading men of the project also have a little bit of starshine in their eyes regarding their otherworldly roles.
Cumberbatch muses excitedly over donning the garb of Doctor Strange for the first time:
“I was giddy, like a child at Halloween. When I saw it, for the first time, Alex Byrne, our brilliant costume designer, who’s done a few of these films went, ‘Oh, you’re having as superhero moment, aren’t you?’ And I went, “Yeah, I think I am.”
Mikkelson remembers his journey from fanboy to zen flyboy:
“Basically, for half of my life, I was reading comic books, and the other half, I was watching Bruce Lee. So, when Scott was pitching this story to me, 10 minutes into the pitch, he said, ‘There’s a lot of Kung Fu and flying stuff.’ And I said, ‘Whoa, rewind to the Kung Fu bit. I’m on!’ It’s a childhood dream coming through. It’s just amazing that at the age of 108, I get the chance to fly around.”
To enjoy the full interview, head on over to Collider.
Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4th, 2016