Even more information about “Doctor Strange” has come to light through EW’s new cover story about the mysticism-laced Marvel film. Continuing its conversation with Marvel chief Kevin Feige, talk turned towards the special powers and abilities of the surgeon turned sorcerer played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
it seems that though this film will showcase a wide variety of powers, it will only be a fraction of the eventual abilities of the character:
“He can do a whole host of things, eventually. He does cast spells, which in the comics have very sort of tongue-twisty fun names. We don’t want to shy away from that, because that’s what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange.
He has a Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, but he doesn’t fly like Superman or like Thor. It’s almost got a consciousness of its own, this cloak, which, again, gives us a superhero with a red cape – which we’ve seen a few times – but allows us to do it in a wholly unique and wholly original way.
He can create these mandalas of light that he can use as shields and he can use as sort of weapons. He can create portals that will open before your eyes that he can step through and go to other places around the world. And frankly, even in this film, we’ll only touch upon what a lot of his powers are.”
In the film, the character’s Cloak of Levitation and the amulet around his chest – the Eye of Agamotto – are his signature pieces. In fact, Feige seems to imply that the fifth of the six Infinity Stones will be introduced in the film and could well be the ‘Eye’ itself:
“In this film, the Eye is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things, the most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities. Which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’ – which is part of our story.”
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two remaining Infinity Stones yet to appear are the ‘Soul’ and ‘Time’ stone. If the Time stone is introduced here, that leaves only the ‘Soul’ stone which is most likely to pop up in either “Thor: Ragnarok” or the first film in the “Avengers: Infinity War” saga.
Meanwhile executive producer Charles Newirth has shared an amusing story. Despite going all the way to Kathmandu to shoot scenes for the film, the production couldn’t escape fans of Benedict Cumberbatch with crowds packing the location. Newirth offers this story:
“We were in Kathmandu, we were shooting in some of the public areas, and the crowds that turned out for Benedict weren’t like anything I’ve ever seen in 30 years in the business. It was like the Beatles showed up after The Ed Sullivan Show. He did one thing one day where he just popped his head out of a window just to say ‘Hi’ to the fans and it just erupted into just love and adoration. There were girls that were crying and hugging each other when they saw him go by. It was really remarkable.”
“Doctor Strange” opens in cinemas on November 4th.