As I’m sure everyone knows there were some really exciting first pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch as he donned the Clock of Levitation and the Eye of Agamatto for Doctor Strange. Such was the excitement on just the cover picture from Entertainment Weekly of “the Batch” that as the day went not only did we get more pictures and conceptual artwork for the film, but we even received more casting news which has generated lots of excitement among Marvel fans!
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige told the magazine:
“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. 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. So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.”
Benedict Cumberbatch added:
“There’s all sorts of craziness [in Doctor Strange]. Falling, flying, jumping, fighting, punching, getting punched. It’s really rough and tumble.”
Cumberbatch, of course, plays the title character, while Tilda Swinton plays a mystic called the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor is an associate of the Ancient One called Karl Mordo. What we didn’t know was who Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams are playing. While we still don’t know their character names, we now have a bit more info.
“Mads is playing our main villain,” executive producer Stephen Broussard told the magazine.
Feige gave a bit more on the character:
“We will take audiences through sort of a guide to the multiverse, other dimensions, and there are amazing things out there — wonders that are going to be hopefully visually extremely interesting and unique to this movie. But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions. Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. [He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.”
As for Rachel McAdams, very little is known of her character, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be learning much anytime soon, but Feige did have a few details to share.
“Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into the role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”
Based on what Feige is describing it sounds like she may be playing Dr. Gina Atwater, a colleague and one time love interest to Strange in the 2007 animated feature of the same name. Cumberbatch had this to add:
“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what the interest is, but if I hit on her more than the Ancient One, put it like that.”
Here is some of the artwork already released from Entertainment Weekly.
Scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016, Doctor Strange is scripted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers) and directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil). It is said to follow the story of neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
Well now that this lovely bit of news has been released, what are your thoughts? Are you happy with the casting news, and what if the artwork? Does Cumberbatch look as if he can pull off the role?
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