Marvel Studios proved they aren’t afraid to get a little weird with it when they took a chance on the largely unknown oddball property Guardians of the Galaxy, but the upcoming Doctor Strange movie promises to be the MCU’s most far out entry to date, introducing the realm of mysticism and magic as Benedict Cumberbatch‘s titular hero begins his journey to becoming the Sorcerer Supreme.
Directed by Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose helmer Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange has been teased as “Marvel’s Fantasia” and a “mind trip action film” that will “screw around with time“. Basically, it will indeed be strange, and that quality opens up a lot opportunity to stretch the visuals, including leveling up the MCU’s use of 3D.
While at the Captain America: Civil War junket, I spoke with Marvel Studios cheif Kevin Feige about plans to use 3D tech to enhance Doctor Strange‘s mind-bendy aspects. Here’s what he said when I asked if they were working on “next level 3D sequences”:
Yes, as a matter of fact. We were in VFX reviews the other day, one of the first ones for that movie — we just wrapped, we finished in New York…we did one of the first reviews and it was pretty exciting. It was pretty cool in terms of how 3D can serve that story. You know, sometimes 3D is a tool, like it is in Civil War, a tool of –another toy in the sandbox of how the Russos (Joe and Anthony) can present this movie, then there are times like what Disney is putting out with The Jungle Book –it’s certainly gonna be the case with Doctor Strange– that it serves the storytelling, that it advances the storytelling. And hopefully it helps bend people’s minds even more than with just the flat screen.
I’m not usually crazy about 3D, especially in Marvel films, which haven’t often necessitated the use of it, but if the studio wants to start embracing the technology as a means of storytelling, Doctor Strange seems an ideal movie to do it with. With Benedict Cumberbatch skipping around head-tripping dimensions, it’s a perfect opportunity to expand the MCU’s visual palette.
Here’s the official Doctor Strange synopsis.
“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.