Marvel's Doctor Strange movie comes out in seven months, and we cannot wait. We wish we could jump into an alternate universe or parallel timeline where we've already seen the movie. The first trailer dropped last week, and the film looks like if Batman Begins made a baby with Inception right after watching The Matrix. The movie's cinematographer, Ben Davis, called the movie "Marvel's Fantasia." If you haven't seen this beautiful orgy of goodness, here it is:
In the comics, Doctor Strange is a neurosurgen turned sorcerer. After a car accident changes his life, he becomes the pupil of the Ancient One aka the Sorcerer Supreme and takes on the responsibility of protecting our planet from any magical or mystical threats. This movie will focus on the Doctor's origin story.
Origin stories, huh? When's the last time we saw one of those? I swear to Thanos, if I have to watch Batman's parents get shot one more time in a movie, I will lose my mind.
Although the film has been in the works since 1998, it wasn't until 2014 that we started hearing rumors about Doctor Strange joining the MCU. In June of 2014, Scott Derrickson, who directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Day the Earth Stood Still, joined the project. In December, it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would play Dr. Strange. We were excited by this news before we even knew how amazing his American accent would be. I mean, if he made a talking CGI dragon threatening, imagine what he can do with a modern day wizard.
Before any official images were released, fan artists made their own versions. Like thegameworld's illustration:
Even Derrickson released some fan art
"Strange but not a stranger" - Talking Heads pic.twitter.com/30lPiwfGhk-- Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 22, 2014
Since then, the list of stars attached to the film has grown (as much as we'd enjoy Benedict Cumberbatch slapping a bunch of green dots on his face and voicing all the other characters).
Last June, it was announced Chiwetel Ejiofor would play Baron Karlo Mordo, whose character will differ from the comics. Ejiofor told Entertainment Weekly that while Mordo is still a former student of the Ancient One in the movie, he won't be the villain he was in the comics, saying "Oh, he's a very complex character that, really, I don't think can be nailed down either way."
Tilda Swinton will play the Ancient One, Strange and Mordo's teacher.
Benedict Wong will play Wong, Doctor Strange's sidekick and valet.
Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Daniel Bruhl also joined the cast.
Rachel McAdams will play a fellow surgeon from Strange's life before the accident. Perhaps she is a potential love interest, but it isn't clear yet if her character shares the name of Strange's wife from the comics, Clea.
Mads Mikkelsen and Daniel Bruhl will play villains.
Daniel Bruhl is also slated to appear in Captain America 3: Civil War so we assume he will be playing a bigger MCU villain.
Like McAdam's character, it isn't clear if Mikkelson's character is lifted from comics. Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly that Mikkelson's characters "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." He also said that none of the rumors have been correct about Mikkelsen's character, and he's looking forward to audiences being surprised.
BUT there's no harm in guessing! Some of Doctor Strange's classic villains have been Dormammu, Mephisto and Nightmare:
And here's Mads Mikkelsen in makeup on set:
It's hard to say which classic Doctor Strange villain he might be because he looks more like David Bowie than he does a creature from the Nightmare realm.
Filming began in Nepal in early November 2015. Set photos caught Benedict Cumberbatch in normal clothes, which suggests they were shooting scenes that takes place before Stephen Strange becomes Doctor Strange. Enjoy these photos of Cumberbatch in a Nepalese marketplace.
via Cover Asia Press
Filming continued in April. This time in Manhattan!
This location is important because it suggests that the movie will place Doctor Strange's house, the Sanctum Sactorum, in its canonical location in Greenwich Village. The concept art on Marvel's website promises the Sanctum Sanctorum will not disappoint.
Enjoy these photos of Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor running through the streets.
Perhaps flying through the streets?
via Jose Perez
Cumberbatch pretends to be injured with Ejiofor's stunt double.
via CG images
Cumberbatch shrugs it off.
"Hey, that guy took my cape!"
Apparently Mikkelsen's character's sidekicks must wear matching makeup.
It seems like all the characters in Doctor Strange get their shoes from the same place.
Of course, these set photos give us a sneak peek of the film before CGI or special effects have been added. The Doctor Strange photo spread in December's Entertainment Weekly shows how awesome the movie will look after all the movie magic is done.