Marvel Studios delivered one of their most complex and exciting panels to date when they premiered new footage and an extended trailer from this year’s Doctor Strange at San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks ago. Opening with a smoke and light show that was unlike anything else in SDCC history, and transitioning into a full panel with the cast and director, it stood out notably for its impressive visuals and awe-inspiring, still-not-publicly-released footage shown to the crowd in Hall H.
One of the more heart-warming moments came at the end of the footage presentation though, when Benedict Cumberbatch seemed to be on the brink of tears when the lights came up, seemingly just as blown away by what he had seen from the film as we were.
During a recent interview with Empire as well, Cumberbatch talked about his initial reaction to seeing that Comic-Con footage for the very first time:
“Some bits made me think, ‘Wow. God. That’s what I’m part of’. You have conceptual art that they show you, but you only really realize what you’re part of at the end of the process. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the effects while we were shooting, because a lot of them were real elements, whether it was sets that make a room minuscule, or the costume designs.”
Judging by only what we’ve seen of the film so far, Doctor Strange looks like not only the visually-largest film from Marvel Studios to date, but also one of the most visually impressive and mind-bending in blockbuster cinema history. Making the effects and world-changing sequences in Inception look like practically child’s play at this point, it’s safe to say that Marvel is diving head first into even the zaniest of comic book visuals for the film, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
Without spoiling anything from the movie itself as well, we were able to see one sequence at Hall H in July during the panel, that not only looked like it was ripping images straight from the Doctor Strange comic book pages at points, but was also one of the most bizarre and overwhelming pieces of visual storytelling that I’ve ever seen in a superhero film. So yeah, in case you weren’t already, I’d say it’s about damn time to get excited for this one.
Doctor Strange is set to hit theatres on November 4th.
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