After a stuffed Hall H panel, everyone in attendance took place in interviews with various outlets at San Diego Comic-Con. With only about three months standing between us and Doctor Strange, it made sense for Marvel to roll out the film and start to really push why people should see it. There biggest moment during the presentation was the release of the second trailer, but more was bound to come out.
While speaking with Comicbook, director Scott Derrickson was asked what this movie was really about. We’ve known it will be trippy and have a very unique look, and as Derrickson puts it, that all comes from the original comic books.
I think that the short answer is this is the movie where Marvel goes full weird. That full weirdness is written in the Ditko images, the Jack Kirby images, the early Doctor Strange comic book panels that are still to this day so mind blowing.
One of the things many have wondered is just how far into other dimensions and realities this film would dive into. We saw the beginning of another dimension in the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man, but Doctor Strange has access to much more than just that. In fact, Derrickson says that this movie is the beginning of a new Marvel Cinematic Universe – the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.
What the comics did was, they brought with Doctor Strange an extra dimension into psychadelia, mysticism, and spirituality and all these very 60’s things and broke open the Marvel comic book universe into the Marvel multiverse. I think Doctor Strange is going to be the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. It’s really serving the same function that the comic did. Even though it was a weird aberration as a comic book, I think it was a real linchpin in the comics. It ended up being decades of new stories and I think this movie will do the same thing.
This quote in particular really got my mind racing at what the idea of a multiverse could mean for the MCU moving forward. Sure, this means that there could be a different reality where there are different versions of our characters, making it a bit easier to recast, but that is really only the beginning. Rumors of Fox agreeing to sell the rights to the Fantastic Four back to Marvel have been popping up for about a year now, and this would provide them with a way to do that and still have them be Marvel’s first family. On a larger scale however, this also means that there could be another universe within the multiverse that is inhabited by a lot of X-Men, and that one day we could actually see them fully join the MCU without destroying continuity, or a quick X-Men vs Avengers film that would certainly do big numbers at the box office. Lots of exciting possibilities, but let us know what you think in the comments below!
Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.