He's not screen-printing his own blacklight posters just yet, but Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is playing with the visual stylings of his upcoming Marvel Studios film already. And he's adding the image of his leading man into the mix.
Today, the filmmaker loaded a new image to Twitter that shows star Benedict Cumberbatch's photo tweaked out into a more Ditko-esque arena than we've sen before. Complete with a handlebar mustache, the Sorcerer Supreme stares out with more than a little of the cosmos behind his face. Derrickson added the Talking Heads quote "Strange but not a stranger" to the image.
The image's connection to original Doctor Strange artist Steve Ditko is likely a cue to where the movie will go visually. "I think when you consider the work that I’ve done it makes sense that he’d be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel Universe,” Derrickson said earlier this year. “Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I’m suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Strange Tales — I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige repped hard for the director after his announcement, saying, "I wouldn’t say just because he has only done horror movies means that Doctor Strange is going to be a horror movie. It means he is a talented filmmaker who we think could add something unique and very fresh to the particular franchise. But there could be scary moments. There are scary moments in all our movies! There are some scary people that Strange has to deal with, I will say.”
Doctor Strange is expected to arrive in 2016.