As any Marvel fan, or indeed any cinema fan knows, the next three to four years will see a number of Marvel superhero films released as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three. This includes Benedict Cumberbatch’s ”Dr Strange”.
The studio has released a featurette video (see it below) that offers viewers a glimpse into some of the concept art for the film, and an idea of what the studio is aiming to produce. And boy does it whet the appetite! The featurette shows initial artwork for the film which promises some exceptional, trippy visuals that appear to take the MCU in a slightly different, magical dimension bending direction. Marvel cinematographer Ben Davies (”Avengers: Age of Ultron”, ”Guardians of the Galaxy”, ”Kick Ass”) has cited the Disney classic ”Fantasia” as inspiration for the visuals in ”Dr Strange”, stating ‘It has a very psychedelic grounding, and most of the work is about other dimensions’.
MCU God Kevin Feige has stated previously that the concept of magic within Marvel comes from inspiration such as ”The Matrix” and the 1980 TV series ”Cosmos”. The science behind the magic is what makes it, and that is partly what will be explored in ”Dr Strange”. This makes sense, when you consider that prior to gaining his powers Stephen Strange was a surgeon and a man of science.
”Dr Strange” is directed by horror film director Scott Derrickson, known for his work on ”The Day the Earth Stood Still”, ”Sinister” and ”Deliver Us from Evil”. The screenplay ahs been adapted by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (”Conan the Barbarian”, ”Sahara”) and Jon Spaihts (”Prometheus”). Spaihts is also set to work on the screenplay for the upcoming ”Van Helsing” reboot and ”The Mummy” reboot.
”Dr Strange” has been in various stages of production since the late eighties, and is set for release in November 2016.