Ah, Doctor Strange. The first standalone movie from Marvel’s Phase Three.
Doctor Strange will introduce us to Stephen Strange, a renowned neurosurgeon who, after an accident which shatters his hands, is left unable to keep performing surgery. On his quest for alternative ways to heal, he meets the Ancient One. After a few obstacles, tests, and some serious incidents, the Ancient One realises Strange is worthy of learning the mystic arts, and so becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
We are talking about one of the darkest, most mystical characters from the Marvel universe, so we can expect a lot of crazy stuff in the movie – like a ton of magic and travels through different dimensions. It’s definitely not like what we have seen in the MCU before.
Director of photography Ben Davis has already stated Doctor Strange will keep its psychedelic vibe and will be like Marvel’s Fantasia in a way. Then came a particular piece of concept art released by EW that gave us a taste at the aesthetic of the movie, and we are more than pleased. To make things better and more exciting, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed a very important “place” we will get to see in the movie – just don’t let the name of it fool you.
“We see glimpses of something called the Dark Dimension. If you were to open a Doctor Strange comic drawn by Steve Ditko, you would see the Dark Dimension is, in fact, very colourful in an extremely psychedelic way. Those are the things we’re not shying away from”, Feige told Empire Magazine.
In comicverse, the Dark Dimension (inhabited by sorcerers known as the Mhuruuks) is where Dormammu and Umar – his twin sister – were banished to by the Faltine (magical energy beings). Dormammu eventually became the Lord of the Dark Dimension.
And now, a theory. Mads Mikkelsen has been confirmed as the main villain.
The description given by Feige didn’t fit that of Dormammu, but (because there is a ‘but’!), many characters – especially villains – have gone through big changes on the jump from the comics to the big screen.
Why couldn’t the same happen to Dormammu? Notice how badly I want Mikkelsen to play the Lord of Darkness.
Even if he doesn’t, we will get to visit the Dark Dimension and that is too awesome for words.
Doctor Strange is currently filming and expected to wrap in March, as they are aiming for a November 4 release.
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