This November, “Doctor Strange” will take the Marvel Cinematic Universe somewhere it’s never been before: the multiverse. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, which also released two new photos from the film, director Scott Derrickson revealed just how much “Doctor Strange” will dabble in this aspect of the MCU and where he drew his inspiration.
“All I will say is that the movie deals heavily with other dimensions,” he explained. “There was a fair amount of surrealist art and photography and M.C. Escher that played into the visual design of the movie. The ambition was to use cutting-edge visual effects to do things that are fresh and new — to not just blow things up.”
“My home is in experimental cinema,” added Tilda Swinton, who stars in the film as the Ancient One. “I’ve always worked with people who are messing with stuff. Marvel is going to pull some s— out no one’s ever seen before.”
Derrickson also weighed in on Kaecilius, the sorcerer who becomes the antagonist — not the villain — of the film. “I wouldn’t call him a villain, and Mads [Mikkelsen] won’t call him a villain,” Derrickson said of the character. “He has a very compelling point of view that Doctor Strange is confronted with in the movie. That, to me, is what makes a good opponent for the hero of a story.”
Swinton touched once more on the controversy surrounding her casting as the Ancient One, who traditionally appears as a Tibetan man in the comics. “Anybody calling for more accurate representation of the diverse world we live in has got me standing right beside them. I think when people see this film, they’re going to see it comes from a very diverse place, in all sorts of ways,” she said. “Maybe this misunderstanding around this film has been an opportunity for that voice to be heard, and I’m not against that at all. But do think that when people see the film, they’ll see that it’s not necessarily a target for that voice.”
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