With Captain America: Civil War currently in theaters, it’s time to turn our attention to Marvel’s next release: Doctor Strange, which will hit movie theaters this November. While the film only wrapped production back in April, we’ve already seen a teaser trailer for the upcoming feature (which you can watch over here if you’ve somehow missed it). Surprisingly enough, the trailer, which was labeled a teaser trailer, was two minutes in length, a surprise given that it’d been released only a week after they’d wrapped filming. Yet, for a teaser trailer, it did a pretty great job at showcasing just how different it would be from the films that came before it. We’ve already heard that the film will have a bit of a psychedelic feel to it, not too surprising for those that have read the comics, but perhaps interestingly enough, we’ve also heard that it’ll have some of the horror elements viewers have come to expect from a Scott Derrickson production.
Speaking with the folks over at Yahoo UK Movies, Mads Mikkelsen, who plays an undisclosed villain role in the film, talked about the upcoming film and reaffirmed that it’ll be tonally different from what we’ve come to expect from a Marvel Studios production. However, for those expecting to see more of that “acid trip” feel that is common with the older Strange comics, Mikkelsen explains that it’s a different film for Marvel, but that it’s not as out there as the comics.
“If you look at the comic books, the comic books are quite different [to other Marvel stories]. I think that the film will be different from the other [Marvel] films that we’ve seen, but not as different as the books are, because that was basically the ‘60s and ‘70s – it was more like an acid trip”
Furthering his comments, Mikkelsen explains that ultimately, while everything that makes Doctor Strange great is still in the film, they had to find a way to make it something people could identify with. Now, before anyone takes that to mean it’s been watered down, the actor stresses the madness and the colors are still very much there, they just needed to modernize it, essentially, much like they have with all of their previous films.
“We’ve taken that fascination of the time into something we can relate to today…So you still have the energy, you still have the colours, you still have the madness, but you also have something you can identify with. I think that was a necessity – if not, you would just make a crazy film. But you still have it there – you have all the action, all the good ingredients you get in a Marvel film, but it will have a different flavour, that’s for sure.”
With SDCC right around the corner, and Derrickson confirming he’ll be on hand to promote the film, we can expect Marvel to begin pumping out new bits prior to November in order to get fans excited. Perhaps another trailer? Or a panel with the full cast where they confirm character names? While we wait to see what they have in store for fans at SDCC, we can at least relax knowing that this film is going to be another unique installment within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange will hit movie theaters on November 4th, 2016.