Fan Photoshop is a longtime tradition in nerd communities across the globe. It’s the Internet equivalent up staying up late drinking coffee at a diner with your friends and imagining your favorite comic books coming to life. Even before Marvel Studios struck gold by casting Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of Dr. Strange, fans everywhere took to “ye old” Adobe-faithful and gave our-man-Cumberbatch a mystical makeover. What makes the most recent addition to this tradition any different? It’s taken directly from the films director, Scott Derrick!
Sunday night Derrick took to Twitter and shared an image of what appears to be a rendering of Cumberbatch as the sorcerer supreme. It’s unconfirmed whether this is an official promo image from Marvel, but the icing on the cake? It’s prefaced by a Talking Heads reference:
“Strange but not a stranger” – Talking Heads pic.twitter.com/30lPiwfGhk
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 22, 2014
The lyric comes directly from their new wave classic “Burning Down The House”, a song that is in and of itself a nod to Strange’s base of operations, Sanctum Santorum, 177A Bleeker Street in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village.
Semi-spoiler alert – Sanctum Santorum is haunted. Of course that’s no problem for Strange – in fact, the start of “From The Marvel Vault” trade paperback series begins with a story of Strange’s first night in the notorious brownstone. Attention nerds – this trade series is an excellent holiday gift idea (you’re welcome)!
Director Scott Derrick got our attention with his previous work on The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), Sinister (2012) and Deliver Us From Evil (2014) as well as collaborating with industry auteurs and giants alike (Wim Wenders, Sam Raimi, Atom Agoyan and Jerry Bruckheimer to name a few). If anyone can weave the careful combination of horror and the fantastic needed to bring Stephen Vincent Strange to the big screen, its Derrick.
One of the bigger take-away’s from this tweet is that once again Kevin Feige and his band of merry Marvel moviemakers could be embracing music as a driving element for phase 3 storytelling. Perhaps we’ll see a soundtrack akin to Guardians of the Galaxy with our favorite new wave artists? Perhaps not, but that doesn’t stop us from staying up until 3AM making mixtapes with our friends over a plate of fries and a few pots of coffee.