It’s a kind of magic. A Doctor Strange film is the kind of movie that I’ve been waiting for, for ages. Magic, mysticism and a whole new set of powers which could translate perfectly onto the big screen. The thing is, the eye of Agamotto and the crimson bands of Cyttorak are rather weird spells, even when you have a whole building of CGI specialists working on it. Marvel likes to keep their movies grounded in a plausible reality of sorts. Which is why Doctor Strange who’ll boast powers that science has only begun to explain and understand.
“Are you watching the Cosmos series? That’s magic, [the quantum physics]. It’s unbelievable,” Feige said to BadAssDigest.
If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic?
You don’t get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds. And sometimes there won’t be an answer! Sometimes he’ll want an answer – “How is this happening?!” – and nothing.
Feige then added this little quote, describing exactly what kind of film Doctor Strange needs to be:
Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip.
While nothing is officially confirmed, Today’s Captain America 3 news all but assures that Doctor Strange is looking at a July 8, 2016 release date. Talking to the Huffington Post, Feige said the following about the film.
It’s time. It’s time. I would be surprised if [a Doctor Strange film not happening] were the case, yeah. Maybe three or four years, yeah, we’ll see. But, I would like it to be the case. Much like Vin Diesel, I like it when something finally happens, and then we can talk about what it is — versus rumors of what it could be or should be or isn’t yet [laughs].
But back to the powers. I like the idea that Feige has. Science and magic aren’t exactly indistinguishable, merely hard to reconcile and understand. There’s a universe out there, made up of fundamental forces and laws that are currently being slapped in the face with all new discoveries and experiments. And as long as the film doesn’t show Strange throwing CGI hand-farts, I’m going to be happy.
Last Updated: March 14, 2014