“Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson already has plans for sequels to the Oscar-nominated film. Speaking to SuperHeroHype, he teased a possible direction for the sequel. Given the more sci-fi oriented trappings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange” proved an interesting change of pace with its focus on sorcery, the mystical and the emerging multiverse, and that’s a theme Derrickson hopes to capitalize on as Strange’s story continues.
When asked whether a potential sequel would veer toward the more sci-fi elements of the good Doctor’s history, Derrickson made it clear that — while he wouldn’t rule anything out — the more sci-fi inspired stories of the 80’s were, in his view, Doctor Strange’s weakest era. “The alternate dimensions and possibilities of the multiverse that we set up with the first film already give limitless possibilities,” said Derrickson. “What I will say is that the goal would not be to under-utilize that, or to create something that was less innovative than the first ‘Doctor Strange.’ The comics, especially the [Stan] Lee/[Steve] Ditko comics, were always pushing into unexpectedly weird places and storylines.”
The current “Doctor Strange” series from Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo has certainly embraced the Lovecraftian-style weird fiction of the Lee/Ditko years. Marvel seems to be on board with the approach given, as Aaron’s run has already produced a spin-off in “Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme.” It sounds like Derrickson intends to keep Doctor Strange and company firmly in the more metaphysical corners of the MCU, much like Aaron and Bachalo’s version.
“Doctor Strange” arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD February 28 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.
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