The Director of Marvel's Doctor Strange Says It Will Be as Dark as "Winter Soldier"

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 1:56PM
Doctor Strange
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 - 1:56PM
The Director of Marvel's Doctor Strange Says It Will Be as Dark as "Winter Soldier"
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Marvel's Doctor Strange is coming out in just a few weeks, but we already have an amazing new featurette and some info on his origin story in the film. Now, writer and director Scott Derrickson has gone on Reddit to answer fan questions about the movie, and it sounds like Strange is going to be a dark, trippy, magical experience (it's no coincidence Derrickson slipped Pink Floyd into the soundtrack). We've collected the most interesting questions and answers below!

You have a lot of experience in horror films. Are there elements of horror in this movie? (asked by user UnrealLuigi)

Scott: There is no straight horror in the movie, but it is a bit darker and more serious than other Marvel movies. I think the connection between my horror films and this film is the balance of the supernatural/fantastical with very realistic, grounded characters.

(Note: For those of you who don't know, Derrickson has worked on films like Hellraiser, Sinister, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose.)

Considering the often lukewarm responses to villains in most Marvel movies, how did you approach creating yours? Mads Mikkelsen is a fantastic actor, yet he appears to be in what's seemingly a tiny one off role from the canon. (asked by user xendlessaibrux)

Scott: What I wanted was a villain driven by a compelling agenda. He is a man of ideas. He has a cogent, defendable point of view, which is what I always find interesting in antagonists and villains.

Apparently you said in an interview the overall TONE of the film resembles that of Winter Soldier, arguably the most serious and less humorous (relative to others) MCU film. Can you confirm this? (asked by user Sundari108)

Scott: Yeah, I think that's true. There's definitely some great humor, but overall it's pretty dramatic and grounded.

From your Twitter I see you're a big Bob Dylan fan. If you had to use one of his songs for the movie, which would you use? (asked by user HardRainsAGonnaFall)

Scott: I looked for a place to use Bob Dylan in the movie, but I just couldn't find the right place for one. But we do have a 60s Pink Floyd song. Fuck yeah.

Hello! You said that Mordo character will be different in the movie. What sort of relationship dynamic might we expect from him and Strange? (asked by user albaaca)

Scott: He won't be as arch or one-dimensional as he was in the comics. He undergoes a slow evolution/de-volution in this movie.

What was your reaction after watching the final cut of the film? (asked by user TheGrimGrimoire)

Scott: Watching the final cut of the film was deeply satisfying. A filmmaker cannot depend upon critical reviews or box office for satisfaction - even if they are good. The only true reward for any artist is to pick a worthy target and hit it. When you know you've hit your target, that is everything. On this one, I hit my target.

You can check out the full AMA here—Derrickson will be back soon to answer more questions!

Doctor Strange premiers in US theaters November 4th.
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