While much remains unknown about Mads Mikkelsen’s villain in “Doctor Strange,” the actor just revealed a bit more about the tone of this fall’s Marvel movie. While speaking with Yahoo Movies UK, the former “Hannibal” star discussed “Strange’s” comic book origin — and explained how that origin influences the film.
“If you look at the comic books, the comic books are quite different [to other Marvel stories],” said Mikkelsen. “I think that the film will be different from the other [Marvel] films that we’ve seen, but not as different as the books are, because that was basically the ’60s and ’70s — it was more like an acid trip. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the old comics but it’s quite a specific universe, with Kung Fu and Magic… so what’s not to love, really?”
But the film won’t translate the comics, which were originally illustrated by legendary artist and Doctor Strange co-creator Steve Ditko, literally. “We’ve taken that fascination of the time into something we can relate to today,” said Mikkelsen. “So you still have the energy, you still have the colors, you still have the madness, but you also have something you can identify with.”
Mikkelsen said changing things up slightly needed to be done, so “Doctor Strange” wouldn’t just look like a “crazy film.” He added that “Strange” will still “have all the action, all the good ingredients you get in a Marvel film, but it will have a different flavor, that’s for sure.”
And while he didn’t reveal the identity of his character, he did offer up a glimpse of how he views his villain. “He’s not a villain in that way — he’s a man who believes in something else than the hero. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to make the planet look wonderful or he wants to save the world as well, but he has a different way of doing it. He is the antagonist, of course, but he’s not necessarily wrong.”
Directed by Derrickson, written by C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts, and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and others, “Doctor Strange” hits theaters on November 4, 2016.
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