More details on the upcoming Marvel Phase Three film arrives today. Following the EW photos and cast details, Marvel Studios ‘front man’ Kevin Feige has given us a bit more insight into the breadth and span our sorcerer’s powers.
“He can do a whole host of things, eventually,” says Feige. “He does cast spells, which in the comics have very sort of tongue-twisty fun names. We don’t want to shy away from that, because that’s what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange. He has a Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, but he doesn’t fly like Superman or like Thor. It’s almost got a consciousness of its own, this cloak, which, again, gives us a superhero with a red cape — which we’ve seen a few times — but allows us to do it in a wholly unique and wholly original way. He can create these mandalas of light that he can use as shields and he can use as sort of weapons. He can create portals that will open before your eyes that he can step through and go to other places around the world. And frankly, even in this film, we’ll only touch upon what a lot of his powers are.”
Feige also mentioned the famed Eye of Agamatto;“The Cloak of Levitation [and] the Eye of Agamotto are his two signature pieces. In this film, the Eye is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things, the most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities. Which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’ — which is part of our story.”
Following the general schematic of any superhero film, Doctor Strange will be an origin story about the titular neurosurgeon who, after a horrific accident is left without the use of his hands, embarks on a journey into the realm of magic, mysticism and the vastness of alternate dimensions.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as our titular surgeon and (eventual) sorcerer supreme along with Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One and(Constantine, Only Lovers Left Alive) Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity, 12 Years a Slave) as ‘Karl’ Mordo, Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Pawn Sacrifice) Rachel McAdams (The Vow, The Notebook) and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum) in yet unknown roles, Amy Landecker (Transparent) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) acting as the film’s villain.
Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) and boasting a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers), Doctor Strange is slated for theater release on November 4, 2016.