Early this morning Marvel gave us our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Entertainment Weekly was lucky enough to get their hands on set photos, character images and concept art from the upcoming film.
Doctor Steven Vincent Strange, is a fictional super hero created by artist Steve Ditko in the 1960’s. Doctor Strange serves as Sorcerer Supreme, primary protector of Earth against mystical and magical threats, and one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence. The film adaptation, out in November 2016, co-stars Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams in undisclosed roles.
Each photo in EW’s “First Look” issue is accompanied with a quote from Cumberbatch, Director Scott Derrickson, and Producer Kevin Feige. Check them out below
“These gestures are ways of creating the magic. It’s a beautiful thing, it’s balletic, it’s very dynamic. And once the boys in the backroom get to work on it, there’s going to be crazy s–t going on.”- Benedict Cumberbatch
“There’s all sorts of craziness [in Doctor Strange],” says Cumberbatch. “Falling, flying, jumping, fighting, punching, getting punched. It’s really rough and tumble.”
“I’m perpetually awestruck that I’m getting to make this movie,” says director Scott Derrickson. “I keep waiting for the knock on the door when somebody says, ‘This movie’s too weird, we can’t make this.'”
“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,” explains producer Kevin Feige. “So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.”
“[Benedict] was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time,” Feige told EW. “But he kept getting more popular, and more popular, and he kept getting busier, and busier, and it looked like the timing wasn’t going to work. So we looked at some other actors for a while and ultimately decided, ‘We have to try and make it work with Benedict and with his schedule.’”