Up until just recently, the secrecy surrounding Marvel’s Doctor Strange has been next to impenetrable. When filming on the project finally began though, the veil began to be lifted slightly, as new set photos of both Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo began surfacing online, as well as a set photo that seemed to tease the Ancient One’s home base.
Now, the first official photos of Cumberbatch in costume as Strange, and performing various mystical acts have been released online today, and for a project that was basically a blank sheet up until just recently, it already looks like one of Marvel’s most interesting, genre-bending films to date.
Featuring an all-star cast including the previously mentioned Cumberbatch and Ejiofor, along with Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Amy Landecker, Michael Stuhlbarg, and more – some new details have finally been revealed about the film’s most mysterious characters in Rachel McAdam’s female lead, and Mads Mikkelsen’s rumored villain.
While speaking with EW, Marvel head Kevin Feige commented on McAdams’ long-rumored female character, and while he refused to say outright who she would be playing, he did reveal some interesting new details about her character’s occupation and relationship with Stephen Strange in the film:
“Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into he role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”
Strange producer, Stephen Broussard, elaborated on Feige’s comments as well with the following:
“Rachel McAdams is sort of [Doctor Strange’s] contemporary in the modern-day New York world, before and after he goes on this crazy journey. So, she sees him before, she sees him after. She’s kind of this audience point of view.”
This stays in line with some of Feige’s previous remarks about McAdams’ character, and also confirms some details that have been rumored previously. While her identity still remains a secret, it looks like McAdams’ role will allow her to have the unique opportunity of bringing an interesting new perspective as one of Marvel’s female love-interests up until this point, who with just a few small exceptions, have been mostly formulaic and generic.
Her history with Strange in the film could bring about an intriguing dynamic with the Sorcerer Supreme, and I just hope that the film manages to actually take full advantage of McAdams’ potential as an actress as well, following her banner year in 2015 with roles in True Detective season 2, Southpaw, and Spotlight.
But that’s not all that was revealed because after months and months of rumors originally pinned the actor for a villainous role in the film, Broussard also confirmed that Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen will in fact be playing the film’s main villain, although he declined to reveal his exact identity:
“Mads is playing our main villain… I’ve seen lots of names thrown around. No one has quite picked the name that we’ve chosen for him. It would be fun to conceal that, if we can.”
Feige also went on to provide more context regarding Mikkelsen’s character, and his role in the Strange plot:
“We will take audiences through sort of a guide to the multiverse, other dimensions, and there are amazing things out there — wonders that are going to be hopefully visually extremely interesting and unique to this movie,” he says. “But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions.”
As fans of the comics will know, it is The Ancient One’s and Doctor Strange’s job to protect humanity from these “scary things” as Feige calls it, but Mikkelsen’s character shares a different opinion than they:
“Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. [He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.”
Now, I’m not as well-versed in the Strange comics to make any accurate predictions of who he could be playing, but if Broussard is actually telling the truth, it looks like we can cross Dormammu off the list as the film’s main villain, which will likely be disappointing to some fans out there. Nonetheless, Marvel has assembled one of their best all-around casts with this project, and with a talented director like Scott Derrickson behind the camera as well, Doctor Strange is about to test just how far Marvel can really go with their cinematic universe.
Doctor Strange is set to hit theatres on November 4th, 2016.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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