Doctor Strange music and Christine Palmer

I’ve become a bit of a broken record over the past year or so as I’ve bemoaned the lack of recognizable musical scores for our modern superhero movies. I miss the days when the likes of John Williams and Danny Elfman could create instantly memorable melodies that not only provided an excellent backdrop to all kinds of heroic derring-do, but also intrinsically felt like the characters they were representing. Of the more recent comic book movies, I’d argue that only the first Captain America and Man of Steel have scores that actually stand out.

Could Doctor Strange change that? The first piece of music from the film’s soundtrack has been released, so let’s take a look…or rather, a listen.

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Doctor Strange box office tracking

Eight years and over a dozen films in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about as reliable as movie franchises get. They’re very often among the top grossers of the year, and reliably draw positive reactions from critics, hardcore fans, and casual moviegoers alike. At this point, you’d have to be a fool to bet against them.

Still, Doctor Strange presents a bigger challenge than many Marvel films. It’s not a sequel, but an all-new adventure, featuring characters who are largely unknown to the general population. Can Doctor Strange keep Marvel’s winning streak going, or will it be their first stumble? We’ll find out for sure in a couple of weeks, but for now we’re happy to report that early tracking suggests Doctor Strange will be just fine. At the very least it’s likely to top Ant-Man, the last new superhero to come out of the MCU.  Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) and Director Scott Derrickson on set of Doctor Strange

Yesterday, director Scott Derrickson appeared on Reddit to answer fan questions about his upcoming film, Doctor Strange. While nothing huge was revealed, I thought a few of his answers were worth sharing, including how the film compares with his previous horror films, the running time of the movie, is he consulting with the Russo brothers on Steven Strange’s appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, details on the film’s soundtrack and more.

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‘Doctor Strange’ IMAX Featurette Gets Trippy

Doctor Strange featurette

We’ve seen some pretty weird stuff over the past eight years and 13 films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, visiting other planets and even other realms. But Doctor Strange has the potential to  be the most out-there MCU movie yet. A new Doctor Strange featurette offers a look at some of the trippy Steve Ditko-inspired visuals we’ll see in the movie — just in time to convince you to shell out extra for IMAX 3D when tickets go on sale today. Watch the latest Doctor Strange featurette below.  Read More »

‘Doctor Strange’ TV Spot Turns Back Time

Doctor Strange TV Spot

Doctor Strange promises to be Marvel’s trippiest movie ever, and a new promo leans further into its mind-bending weirdness. The latest Doctor Strange TV spot runs in reverse, so that we’re traveling back through time to the start of Strange’s journey. Sprinkled throughout the video are odd, nonsensical bits of dialogue that only reveal themselves when you play it backwards.

The time-traveling nature of the Doctor Strange TV spot seems to add further credence to the theory that the Eye of Agamotto is the Time Stone, the fifth of sixth gems that Thanos needs to complete his Infinity Gauntlet. Watch the Doctor Strange spot below.  Read More »

Doctor Strange Sneak Preview

It sounds like Marvel Studios feels the need to build the early buzz on Doctor Strange a little more, because they’ve just announced a special IMAX 3D sneak preview of 15 minutes of footage from the movie. Find out when and where you can catch this Doctor Strange sneak preview after the jump. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Stephen Strange) and Director Scott Derrickson on set. of Doctor Strange

We continue our on-set Doctor Strange interviews with the director himself, Scott Derrickson. Between filming scenes, Derrickson talked to us briefly about the movie’s possible soundtrack, the adaptation process in a Marvel movie, what its like working in collaboration with Marvel Studios, the struggle to make magic feel different from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, the film as a martial arts based supernatural action movie, the fantastical visual imagery, why Scott loves the character, how the film’s humor is like Captain America: Winter Soldier, how Benedict Cumberbatch brings the humor to the movie, why they chose Kaecilius to be the villain for this story, why they made the changes to Wong and The Ancient One, and more. Hit the jump to read out full Scott Derrickson Doctor Strange interview.

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Doctor Strange - Benedict Cumberbatch

In February 2016, I traveled to London to get a glimpse at another dimension and visit the set of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While on set we got a chance to have a long chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who as always, provided us with a lot of hints at what to expect from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Feige talks about Doctor Strange’s origin story, how the movie will be different from the comics, rooting crazy concepts in real science, does Steven Strange know about The Avengers, how the film is more respectful to other cultures than the original source material may have been, how this movie was inspired by The Oath, which characters might connect with the RunawaysMads Mikkelsen‘s character Kaecilius, multiple dimensions, the trouble with writing magic action, how Mordo is different in the movie, Rachel McAdams‘ character Christine Palmer, is the eye of agamotto an infinity stone, the genre of the film, how this film will defy expectations, Steven Strange’s role in the larger MCU, will we see cameos from the other Marvel characters, and much more.

If you’re a Marvel fan and have ever read a Kevin Feige interview before then, you know this is well worth your time. Hit the jump to open the portal.

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Doctor Strange Wong

So far, Doctor Strange has released plenty of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius. But what about Wong, played by Benedict Wong? A Doctor Strange international TV spot gives another glimpse at this character.
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Doctor Strange featurette

Doctor Strange is likely to be the trippiest film in the Marvel stable. The trailers promise psychedelic visuals from the comic book movie, but what of Stephen Strange’s journey? Will director Scott Derrickson‘s film have enough heart to make Doctor Strange more than a visually engaging experience? We’ll see soon enough, but one thing is for certain, star Benedict Cumberbatch is confident Doctor Strange is far more than just delicious eye candy.

Below, watch the Doctor Strange featurette.

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