When you enter a world full of magic for the first time it can be a bit disorientating so Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige is sharing details about the leading characters of ‘Doctor Strange‘ as well as giving us some new photos of them to check out! Visually this movie is looking to stack up against anything Marvel has released to date but with a switch to magic instead of science we’re going to be getting another test as to if Marvel can keep us on our toes with a new astonishing tale.
First up we see Feige talking about Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer:
“We wanted a grounded character. We wanted a character that was a connection to Strange’s life in New York City, in the normal world. Somebody that could be his anchor to the real world, to his present in the beginning of the film, and by the time he re-encounters her, wearing that, someone who can comment on his transformation as a character. This cast as you all know is shockingly amazing, and Rachel, who’s finished 99% of her role – perfect timing so she can spend time at the Academy Awards now, we planned it like that – is great and can bring again a grounded reality to the character of Strange at the beginning of the film and of course as she encounters some odd and strange and other-wordly when he, encounters her late in the movie, you believe it. You believe that her reaction to what she is seeing like, say, an astral form or somebody that she used to know as an arrogant surgeon. Her reaction is funny but you also buy it.”
Next up is how different Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo will be from his comic book version in this adaptation:
“Portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, he is Strange’s advocate in the beginning of the movie. The Ancient One doesn’t necessarily see the potential in Strange that Morodo does, and Morodo is the one who talks the Ancient One into allowing him in. And for this film, he is a partner of Strange, and he is a mentor to Strange. You know that was something we wanted to play against in the comics. Because in the comics for as unbelievably creative and full of imagination as they are – we are desperate to recreate in cinematic form – there’s some things that are too obvious for modern day audiences. The jealous rival named Baron von Mordo, who turns against him when he shows any signs of talent – we specifically didn’t want to do that. It’s one of the reasons we cast Chiwe because we wanted to have someone who had sort of unbelievable authenticity in delivering a lot of wackadoo lines and exposition.”
Finally, he shares some details about The Ancient One and her role int he film:
“We talked about the Ancient One being a title that has been held probably for hundreds and hundreds of years by individuals, but there’ve been various ones, and the one we meet in this movie happens to be a female of Celtic descent, who most people, even those who surround her, have forgotten exactly where she came from because she’s been around. I think we state in the movie hundreds and hundreds of years – they’re not sure exactly how long. So that was one way of doing a new interpretation of that character.”
Looks like a great introduction to the newer characters as well as some explanation on why there are differences from their comic versions. Of course, we aren’t going to just leave you with a few quick intros as we also have three new posters that are hyping the film to share with you today!
I’m not sure if I love the ‘Inception’ effect that they are using for it or not but it does seem to fit the theme for how they are showing the different realities that these sorcerers can access.
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Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
‘Doctor Strange’ is directed by Scott Derrickson and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title hero, with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Michael Stühlbarg as Nicodemus West, Benedict Wong as Wong, and Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins and Amy Landecker in mystery roles. The film will appear in theaters on November 4, 2016.
Source: Slash Film
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