Earlier today, EW released the first set of images of Benedict Cumberbatch in full costume as the titular Doctor Strange in Marvel’s upcoming film.
Now the magazine has released six more images in conjunction with their latest cover story on Doctor Strange. Along with these new images are a couple of quotes about what we will see, Cumberbatch’s thoughts on the role, director Scott Derrickson‘s thoughts on taking on Marvel’s most ambitious movie, and much more. Check out the images and the quotes here below.
President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige spoke to EW about how Cumberbatch was interested in the role for a very long time. But as the Sherlock actor’s popularity grew, it was becoming increasingly difficult to cast him in the film as the title character. Feige even considered casting Joaquin Phoenix. However, it was decided that they had to try and make it work with Cumberbatch’s busy schedule.
Feige also addressed the visuals of the film:
When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time. So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.
Cumberbatch said that the art of conjuring the magic is “a beautiful thing, it’s balletic, it’s very dynamic.” He added, “once the boys in the backroom get to work on it, there’s going to be crazy s–t going on.”
If you thought that James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was too ambitious, well, Scott Derrickson can’t even believe that he is making Doctor Strange. Here’s what the director told the EW:
“I’m perpetually awestruck that I’m getting to make this movie. I keep waiting for the knock on the door when somebody says, ‘This movie’s too weird, we can’t make this.'”
It could be a while for that knock on the door to happen, so we won’t wait for it. However, one thing that has been confirmed is that Mads Mikkelsen will play the main villain. Here’s a little bit about the villain’s motivation:
“Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. [He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.”
Apparently taking a page from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens playbook, the identity of that character remains a huge secret, although that hasn’t stopped producer Stephen Broussard from enjoying the Internet speculation:
“I’ve seen lots of names thrown around. No one has quite picked the name that we’ve chosen for him. It would be fun to conceal that, if we can.”
Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4, 2016.
[Source: EW (Photos), Image Credit: Photograph by MICHAEL MULLER/Â© 2015 MVLFFLLC. TM & Â© 2015 Marvel. All Rights Reserved. | EW (Villain)]