Benedict Cumberbatch becomes the Sorcerer Supreme in DOCTOR STRANGE
This has been quite an exciting week for fans of the expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. First we got a ton of Captain America: Civil War clips and interviews. Now we have our first look at what might be the most unique Marvel project yet: DOCTOR STRANGE. Benedict Cumberbatch who wowed us in films like Star Trek: Into Darkness stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon whose hands are severely damaged in a tragic auto accident. With his professional life in a shambles, he begins a search to find some way to regain his medical skills, but encounters something otherworldly and more powerful than he ever imagined on the journey. The film will be taking full advantage of the wild and weird psychedelia the comic books are known best for and present audiences with another side of the MCU we haven’t seen yet. What’s going to be really thrilling is witnessing the mindbending trips into alternate dimensions and seeing how the good Doctor navigates through them and uses his newfound powers to battle the dark forces that threaten our world.
During a recent interview with Collider, Producer Kevin Feige elaborated a bit on the VFX and 3-D that will be used:
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. 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 this movie, 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 also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Benedict Wong (The Martian), Michael Stuhlbarg (Miles Ahead), Mads Mikkelsen (The Salvation) and Tilda Swinton (Hail Caesar!).
Director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) creative team includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); production designer Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); editors Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “Charlotte’s Web”); and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”).