Jon Spaihts interview

2016 is a good year for screenwriter Jon Spaihts. After years of development, Spaihts’ first hot spec script, Passengers, finally got made and is coming to theaters before the year ends. On top of that, he co-wrote Marvel’s latest, Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

The origin story shows Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) transformation from an arrogant, selfish surgeon to a powerful, compassionate sorcerer. Spaihts worked on the Doctor Strange script before Derrickson and Cargill conducted rewrites, but he was the first writer to board the project to help Derrickson and MarvelKevin Feige figure out how to best tell Stephen Strange’s trippy tale.

We recently spoke with Spaihts to discuss the challenges of writing an origin story, comic book conventions, his writing process, and more. Below, read our Jon Spaihts interview.

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Doctor Strange sequel

The other day, director Scott Derrickson said if he’s lucky enough to direct a Doctor Strange sequel, he wants to make a more visceral film, one that digs a little deeper into the villain. With plenty of world building and character introductions completed in the Marvel film, Derrickson is now free to jump right into the deep end the next time around and explore more ideas unrelated to Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) origin story. The filmmaker already has a few thoughts on what he’d like to see in a Doctor Strange sequel.

Below, learn which character from the comics Scott Derrickson hopes to use in another Doctor Strange tale.

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Doctor Strange Upside Down TV Spot

Next week, you’ll get to see how Marvel and director Scott Derrickson pulled off Doctor Strange. The character is a very different flavor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The origin story shares obvious similarities to their past films, but in tone and execution, Doctor Strange is a slightly different, trippier, and sometimes more dramatic comic book movie. The wild visuals alone help separate Scott Derrickson’s film from the herd a little, and a new upside down TV spot uses some of the film’s grander, action-heavier shots to sell audiences on Marvel’s latest and weirdest.

Below, watch the upside down Doctor Strange upside down TV spot.

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Doctor Strange Reviews - Benedict Cumberbatch

Last week brought the first reactions to Doctor Strange after press saw the movie before it hits international markets this coming week. Now the embargo has lifted on full reviews of Marvel’s latest addition to their cinematic universe, providing us with a much more detailed reception from critics.

The full Doctor Strange reviews paint a promising picture full of rich performances, dazzling visuals and some of the best action we’ve ever seen. However, these reviews also dive deeper into the movie’s shortcomings, mainly coming from treading familiar territory as another origin story and putting forth a lead character whose defining characteristics might be a little to close to the Marvel franchise that started this whole universe with Iron Man. But thankfully, Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson keep that from being too frustrating.

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Doctor Strange Clips

Last night, a bunch of members of the press saw Doctor Strange, and while the reviews are still under embargo, a bunch of initial reactions hit Twitter last night praising the visual spectacle, the incredible action, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. It doesn’t sound like it blows any of our favorites from the Marvel cinematic universe out of the water, but it should be a great franchise starter for another Marvel hero.

If all of the early reactions have you hungry to see the movie, we have a couple Doctor Strange clips that should hold you over. One of them features more Rachel McAdams than we’ve seen in the entirety of the trailers, displaying the somewhat complicated relationship history that her character has with Strange. Meanwhile, the other clip has a frustrated Strange listening to what he regards as spiritual nonsense from Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Read More »

Doctor Strange and Christine Palmer

Although Doctor Strange is the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, all of its core characters are new to the big screen. Sure, comic book fans might know about the Sorcerer Supreme or the Ancient One already, and sure, even casual moviegoers are probably familiar with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. But what will Cumberbatch be like as Stephen Strange, or Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo? A new featurette offers a closer look at some of the performances we can look forward to seeing in the movie.

Meanwhile, there’s also some news about one character we won’t be seeing in Doctor Strange. Ever since we learned Rachel McAdams would be playing Christine Palmer, fans have wondered if she might take on her comic book alter ego, Night Nurse. However, Kevin Feige has now shot down that rumor in no uncertain terms.  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 »

tilda swinton doctor strange interview

Today we continue our coverage from the set of Doctor Strange with our interview with Tilda Swinton, who plays the Ancient One in the comic book movie adaptation. During our on-set chat, Swinton talked to us about how her character is different from the original comic book version, her physical transformation for the role, her character’s relationship with Stephen Strange, what it’s like to play timeless characters,  staying true to the comics even though it seems they are presenting a different vision of this character and much more. Hit the jump to read our Tilda Swinton 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 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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