Worried that Marvel won’t keep it weird with their recently-confirmed Dr. Strange movie? If this weekend proved anything, it was that the studio isn’t shy about poking at some of the out-of-the-way corners of their comic universe for the screen, and Dr. Strange may be no exception, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Feige teased plans for an origin story that would take viewers across different dimensions like a Ditko-inspired acid trip. The longer quote from the studio boss calls Dr. Strange a “classic Marvel origin story,” one where they’ll be calling on director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and writer Jon Spaights (Prometheus) to play with viewers’ perception of reality.
For the uninitiated, Dr. Stephen Strange is a brilliant yet cocky surgeon who damages the bones in his hand during a car accident, ending his medical career. After running through all of his money seeking a cure through traditional medicine, he journeys deep into the Himalayas, he stumbles upon the Ancient One, a mystical being who takes Strange under his wing and coaches him in the secrets of the magical realm.
Up to this point, magic has only been teased in the MCU, with even ostensibly supernatural elements like ancient space gods being presented as hyper-evolved science. Between the introduction of Scarlet Witch in next year’s Age of Ultron and a film based on Dr. Strange, Marvel is attempting to work the concepts of magic into their universe. According to Feige, it’s Dr. Strange’s medical background that will allow the film and character to ground all of the magic stuff in some kind of reality.
The comments about keeping it weird and Ditko-esque have me very encouraged – I think the going logic is that magic is a hard sell in pop culture (*cough* Harry Potter) and that it’s necessary to keep it as serious or grounded as possible or you’ll risk losing the audience. It’s great that Marvel is embracing the strangeness of Dr. Strange, and hopefully, they won’t rely on the tired “urban fantasy/urban magic” aesthetic that’s been the go-to for comics and film for the last 15 years or so.
In the meantime, we’re still waiting on news of who will play Dr. Strange as well as a release date for the film.
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