Superman has his Fortress of Solitude, Batman has his Batcave, the Avengers have their new digs in upstate New York, and Doctor Strange is getting the Sanctum Sanctorum. While Entertainment Weekly revealed multiple first looks at the supernatural superhero film in a recent issue, Marvel conjured up another sneak peek by way of new concept art.
In the comics, the Sanctum Sanctorum is the acting headquarters of Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme and is located at 177A Bleecker Street in NYC’s Greenwich Village. The outside looks like a townhouse, while past a veil of magical force on the inside are various rooms with various mystical artifacts. Check out the concept art and an on-set tweet via Louis D’Esposito below.
— Louis D’Esposito (@louisde2) January 5, 2016
Not much is known about the MCU rendering of this locale, though the concept art from Marvel.com likely reveals Strange’s meditation chamber, and the large ocular window in the room is reminiscent of his Eye of Agamotto. Elsewhere in the Sanctum Sanctorum is what EW referred to as “The Chamber of Relics,” which houses the hero’s red Cloak of Levitation, among other things.
The Eye of Agamotto is perhaps the characters most important relic. Marvel’s Kevin Feige teased that the cinematic version “can be quite dangerous” in the wrongs hands with the ability to “screw around with time” and “manipulate probabilities.” His signature cape, meanwhile, gives the hero flight, while maintaining “a consciousness of its own.”
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the titular Doctor Strange in the Marvel Phase Three film, while Rachel McAdams plays “a fellow surgeon that has history with Strange,” Mads Mikkelsen plays an evil “sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect,” Tilda Swinton plays Strange’s mystical shepherd The Ancient One, and Chiwetel Ejiofor plays fellow sorcerer and future rival Baron Mordo. The story sees renowned neurosurgeon Stephen Strange discovering the mystic arts and alternate dimensions after a near fatal car accident.
Doctor Strange, which is directed by Scott Derrickson, will hit theaters on November 4th. In case you missed all the first images, check them out in higher-res below.