It should be to no ones surprise that the film Dr. Strange will be well, strange to say the least. Marvel has been consistent with their films, where each one feels like a different genre in and of itself. For example, Captain America: The Winter Soldier felt like a spy thriller where last year’s Ant-Man was more on the line of a heist film. Now, we join the horror/mystical realm that is Dr. Strange. With a director behind films such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us from Evil, and the first Sinister movie, it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that this film will most likely be Marvel’s first psychological horror film.
In fact, co-screenwriter Robert Cargill gave us a taste of what fans should expect going into this film. While we recently had a teaser for the film, apparently there is WAY more in store that the public should watch out for. According to Cargill, we haven’t seen ANYTHING yet. Oh yea, and there’s quite a few more characters we have yet to see:
“This teaser is, it’s the definition of a teaser. You are only getting a like a small taste of just how crazy this movie gets. We have only just the slightest hints of magic in there. There are major characters you don’t even glimpse in that trailer, there is so much stuff going on, that this thing is just nutty, the stuff they let us do, I can’t believe they let us do it. Like, just, … Kevin Feige and other producers like Stephen Broussard would be “How can we make it crazier?” and I was like “Aw right, let’s play around.” It’s just a hell of an experience.”
It’s incredible to hear that Marvel is letting director Scott Derrickson do his thing. Sure Kevin Feige has to make sure that the production is doing everything they can to make a great film, but it’s nice to know that Feige isn’t putting any type of stranglehold on the project. When studios get too much in the way of things, it can end pretty ugly. Just ask 20th Century Fox how their recent Fantastic Four reboot went. Yea, not too well.
Carghill also had this to say how the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to evolve, and in a good way:
“They are constantly trying to evolve the comic book movie, rather than going, “This is what works, we’re doing this.” They’re like, “What haven’t we done yet? Like, what crazy stuff can we do?”
It’s always good to try something new and keep it fresh. Making a variety of comic book movies is great for both comic book fans as well as general movie going audiences. It also helps that Marvel has these types of characters that can bring something new and fresh to the table such as a Doctor Strange or an Ant-Man. Every one of these characters have different motivations but they all have one thing in common: they’re all heroes and they fight for good.
You can certainly hear the passion that Cargill and his team have for this project. Making the best superhero movie possible always starts with a good story and branches out from there. You certainly can’t make a good comic book film without a good story to start with. Characters must be given the proper balance in the narrative for it to become an effective film. This is where I believe Dr. Strange will shine as we have yet to see that mystical and magical element in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Cargill concludes with some final thoughts regarding the character of Doctor Strange and how he will bring a brand new perspective to this universe. He even takes a stab at the Transformers franchise for good measure:
“The key is, the main thing about Doctor Strange is that he’s got such a great story, he’s got such a great arc … he’s just such a cool character, but essentially it’s got a little something for everybody in the way that Dr Strange has a really great character arc, and is very much about characters. But it’s a superhero story, but it’s also a fantasy film, so if you’r like “Man, I don’t want to watch people fly around and shoot lasers at each other and just watch robots hit each other, I want to watch a fantasy film, I want something like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, you get a whole taste of that with Dr. Strange because it’s all very, it’s a very magical fantasy universe, but at the same time it plays by some of the superhero tropes that people enjoy.”
I honestly CANNOT WAIT for this film! The pictures alone have sold me on this movie but the trailer amps up my excitement even more! I know Derrickson will do the film justice and bring us a tremendous film full of magic and mysticism. I also look forward to see how this film will be connected to this cinematic universe and weave together any loose threads and answer any questions we may have. However, I have a strong feeling that this movie will give us more questions to ponder over than answers.
So those are my thoughts on Cargill’s comments on the Dr. Strange movie. This film isn’t due out until November 4, yet it feels like its just a few short months away. How excited are you to see this movie? Are you more excited to see it now after you watched the first teaser trailer or do you need to see more footage of it first before making a decision? I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts in the comment section below! And please, don’t forget to share!
Check out the teaser trailer for Dr. Strange below!