First things first — here it is:
That’s right. While Warner Bros. and DC bro-faff around with Zack Snyder, churning out dour and depressing mainstream hero misfires, Marvel are busy doing victory laps with obscure properties like Guardians Of The Galaxy, and now Doctor Strange.
I suppose that, whether purely from the sheer volume of movies out there as well as those scheduled to be released, or from the residual effects that that is having on the industry, one could claim an element of superhero fatigue right now, but let us for this moment instead revel in the latest manifestation of Marvel’s inspired and refined four step process:
1. Take comic book character (Doctor Strange)
2. Cast well-respected actor capable of dramatic heavy lifting (Bongledork Sminglepatch)
3. Hire talented and idiosyncratic-but-appropriate writer/director duo (C. Robert Cargill/Scott Derrickson of Sinister fame)
4. Round out the cast with names that make the eyeballs pop (Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong — which, can we just pause for a second and ask: who on the Pajiba staff has photos of Kevin Feige? It ain’t me but it’s gotta be someone, because barring maybe Sam Rockwell this is essentially Pajiba Lust: The Movie).
Seriously. Say whatever else you want, Marvel have this down to a tee.
How the movie will actually turn out is anyone’s guess but from the teaser it looks like they’re trying to stay true to the mystic nature of the character, filling the screen with hallucinogenic and trippy CGI imagery. It’ll be interesting to see how that works, as the computer generated material in movies often tries to mimic reality as much as possible, to seamlessly blend in, whereas here it will presumably be very overt, as it tries to take us to the limits of imagination. Or at least mimic a mushroom/acid/DMT trip.
Interestingly we can confirm from inside sources that one of the key bits entirely devoid of any CGI in the movie were Tilda Swinton’s scenes, including this one where she punches Benedict Cumberbatch’s soul straight out of his physical body:
That’s good that they let her do her own thing without interfering. Must’ve helped saved a bunch on the effects budget too.
Doctor Strange is released on November 4th, and as a bonus here’s a brand new poster too:
"You wonder what I see in your future? Possibility." pic.twitter.com/8IVll143VK— Doctor Strange (@DrStrange) April 13, 2016