With Captain America: Civil War now in post-production, the focus for Marvel Studios has turned to Doctor Strange. Director Scott Derrickson has been scouting London for locations for filming with production set to start in November.
Head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, is a big fan of Doctor Strange, maybe even more than their other characters, a fact that he’s reiterated time and time again. He has been doing some interviews leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting store shelves and has already touched on the bigger picture of Phase 3, crossover potential between shows and movies, and when Captain Marvel will be cast.
Now, thanks to IGN, he has opened up a bit more about Doctor Strange. He was first asked about the notion of not doing origin stories for their movies and makes it seem as though we will in fact see an origin story for the sorcerer.
For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.
The question of who the audience will follow through the various dimensions we see also came up, and while Strange will be the one we focus on, there is another person who will serve that role as well. That person will be the mystery character Rachel McAdams is playing.
She plays a very, very big part in the movie and represents a certain point of view of the worlds that we experience in that movie, but Doctor Strange, without a doubt, is the character we follow through the movie.
Moving onto The Ancient One, who will be played by Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Feige talked about the possibility of Swinton approaching the role ambiguously, something Swinton herself has commented on before.
We get an amazing actress to play an amazing character, and do it in a way that’s very unique and doesn’t fall into any outdated stereotypes that sometimes pop up in the comics from years past. It’s funny you ask ‘Will Tilda Swinton be playing a woman?’ and you ask it because she does an amazing job of being sort of ambiguous in terms of gender. I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.
We should get more information on the movie as the production date nears. Until that time, stay up to date on all news involving Doctor Strange here.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.