Actor Mads Mikkelsen has hinted that Doctor Strange will be very different from the other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If there's one consistent criticism that has been lobbed at the movies made by Marvel Studios, it's that they all seem kind of similar in terms of tone, visual style and narrative structure. While I don't necessarily buy that theory, one of the upcoming films that has been hyped as being a different kind of experience is Doctor Strange, with its emphasis on magic and mysticism, the supernatural movie pedigree of director Scott Derrickson (Sinister), and its roots in the character's original psychedelic comics from the 1960s.
“If you look at the comic books, the comic books are quite different [to other Marvel stories]. I think that the film will be different from the other [Marvel] films that we’ve seen, but not as different as the books are, because that was basically the ‘60s and ‘70s –- it was more like an acid trip."
That goes with what I was saying above about the comics, and it's understandable that the movie couldn't go as all-out surreal and trippy as the books. But Mikkelsen added that the DNA of the comics is in the movie for sure:
"We’ve taken that fascination of the time into something we can relate to today...So you still have the energy, you still have the colors, you still have the madness, but you also have something you can identify with. I think that was a necessity –- if not, you would just make a crazy film. But you still have it there –- you have all the action, all the good ingredients you get in a Marvel film, but it will have a different flavor, that’s for sure."
This jibes with what Marvel president Kevin Feige has been saying about Doctor Strange all along, and raises my anticipation for this movie even more. As for Marvel films all being the same, I don't think Captain America: Civil War has the same feel as Guardians of the Galaxy, which doesn't have the same vibe as Ant-Man, just to name three recent examples. Yes, there are aspects they all share as part of a larger universe, but if all goes right, Doctor Strange is going to take those elements and shake them up again in what promises to be Marvel's weirdest movie yet (just take another look at the trailer as well).
Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, opens in theaters on Nov. 6. Do you think it will be different from anything Marvel has done previously?