Long before Doctor Strange hit the big screen, Marvel Studios took a risk by taking a character once viewed as c-list and trying to turn him into a household name with the release of 2008’s Iron Man. Leading the way, alongside director Jon Favreau, was none other than Robert Downey Jr., an actor that was trying to rebuild his image as a former party boy and begin a new chapter in his career. Little did anyone know that Downey’s turn as the arrogant Tony Stark would catapult him back to the top, while also bringing Iron Man the same name recognition as the likes of Batman and Superman.
None of this was lost on the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, actress Rachel McAdams, who plays the character Christine Palmer in the recently released Doctor Strange. McAdams, who has previously worked with Downey on Sherlock Holmes, was quick to note that Downey paved the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the desire for “fully-formed, fully-fledged” characters.
“He paved the way to how much the audience was craving fully-formed, fully-fledged human beings,” she said in a recent interview. “They’ve become really rich worlds.”
For McAdams, joining this massive world was surely a crazy experience, especially given the stellar cast she was able to share the journey with, but most of her praise is for known other than the man behind the camera – director Scott Derrickson. Prior to Doctor Strange, most of Derrickson’s work was in the horror genre, making him quite an interesting pick for a film such as this, but as McAdam’s note, what Derrickson was trying to do with Strange was “ambitious” and it showed in the end result.
“It was incredibly ambitious what he was trying to do,” she said.
The film brought something unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a focus on spirituality, as well as magic, something we hadn’t seen before with the other films. For McAdams, it was the inclusion of these things that really drew McAdams in.
“There’s spirituality and we’re dealing with a new kind of universe with magic and the occult – there was some real depth to it that drew me in.”
Prior to the release of the film, fans were worried that instead of using Rosario Dawson‘s Claire Temple from the Netflix side of the MCU, Marvel would turn McAdams’ Palmer into the cinematic universe’s Night Nurse, thankfully, that doesn’t appear to be the case – at least, not yet. Instead, as McAdams notes, Marvel decided to turn Palmer into “an amalgamation of a couple of characters” from the comics. While we don’t know what Kevin Feige and company have in store for her character going forward, one can only hope that they give her character more time to shine in future films. Because, although McAdams isn’t willing to confirm any future appearances, it’s safe to say Doctor Strange will be getting a sequel and she’ll more than likely be back.
“There’s not much I can say without spontaneously combusting before your eyes,” she joked. “Generally if the film’s successful they tend to carry on, so hopefully people like this and the stars align again.”
Doctor Strange is playing in theaters now.
Source: Capebreton Post.