Tomorrow is the release of Marvel‘s limited edition, Amazon exclusive, Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two Blu-Ray box set. In addition to every movie in Phase Two (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man), the collection is filled with all sorts of extras and goodies. One of which is an exclusive look at upcoming Phase Three movie Doctor Strange with director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Let’s all take a moment and watch the new video below together!
Let the excitement for Doctor Strange begin, huh? For those of you who may need a refresher, Doctor Strange is Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, the Master of the Mystic Arts. Staring with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk with more of a reality-based universe in which everything had a scientific explanation, Marvel has expertly controlled the inclusion of more fantastical elements so as not to disrupt our suspension of disbelief. As you might imagine from one who fancies himself the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange will dive much further into the realm of the supernatural.
Marvel is aware of the delicate balance between reality and the fantastic, with executive producer Stephen Broussard saying in this video via USA Today:
“It’s one of the things that’s important to us, in telling a magical story, is keeping it grounded, but still leaving enough room to have really cool and unique visual ideas to explore.”
“How do you put that on a screen within this cinematic universe? That is, you know, one of the primary goals of that movie.”
The movie seems to be in a good spot to answer that challenge with director Scott Derrickson being no stranger to the strange. His previous movies include Deliver Us From Evil, Sinister, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Marvel also landed arguably one of the most brilliant actors of our time, Benedict Cumberbatch, as the titular character. On Cumberbatch, Feige says:
“You need a spectacular actor to portray this character and the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch has agreed to do this role is huge for us.”
“Benedict has got an incredibly complicated emotional structure going on.”
There’s good reason to believe Derrickson when he says that the movie will be a “mind-trip action film.” It already looks like Captain America: Civil War is going to smash the box office and as we learn more about Doctor Strange, it becomes more apparent that Marvel is going to have another success with the following movie, as well. Although, after Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man both delivered critically and financially, does anyone still doubt the success of a new Marvel movie anymore?
Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters November 4, 2016. What do you think about the direction Marvel is going with it? Are you excited?