‘Doctor Strange’ Featurette Explains How Steve Ditko’s Trippy Art Was Translated to the Big Screen

     October 10, 2016


One of the things we’ve been hearing a lot about with regards to Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange is Marvel Studios’ reverence towards artist Steve Ditko, who was responsible for much of the mind-bending imagery in the Doctor Strange comics. Indeed, this film marks new territory for Marvel given that the studio is now diving into the concept of alternate realities and parallel dimensions, which opens up a can of worms for the MCU as a whole. But actually making this all come to life, visually, in a way that at once feels fresh and doesn’t make the audience want to vomit is a tricky task.

That’s the focus of a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Doctor Strange that was just released, in which director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explain how they set about adapting Ditko’s art for the film medium. The featurette also reveals a hefty amount of new footage from the film’s extremely trippy dimension-twisting sequences, and it’s kind of mind-blowing.

If you see this and think maybe 3D would be a good way to see Doctor Strange, you’re not wrong. Collider’s own Steve Weintraub caught up with Feige at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, where Feige not only praised the 3D format in relation to Doctor Strange, but admitted they were having more trouble making sequences work for 2D than 3D:

“There are sequences of the film that 3D is actually necessary to tell the dimensional story that is happening through visuals, and we’re now finding ourselves in VFX reviews going, ‘Okay we know this is perfect for 3D, this is built for 3D, but the story’s gotta work in 2D so how do we adjust it so it still works in 2D?’”

After watching this featurette, I’m even more convinced that Doctor Strange could be the first Marvel movie where 3D is the preferred format. Take a look for yourself below. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, and Mads Mikkelsen. Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4th.

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