Kevin Feige Talks “Doctor Strange” Weirdness

We had ‘Winter Soldier’ and “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2014, ‘Ultron’ and “Ant-Man” this year, and in 2016 Marvel is continuing its approach of pumping out a high-profile sequel early in the Summer followed by a new property in the latter half of the year.

Whilst we get “Captain America: Civil War” early next year, after that will come Scott Derrickson’s film adaptation of the “Doctor Strange” comics. As “Thor” and then ‘Guardians’ established and then further explored the cosmic aspects of the Marvel cinematic universe, ‘Strange’ is slated to introduce mystical aspects.

There’s no doubt it’ll be a weird project, and the post-credits of the upcoming “Ant-Man” is said to boast the first hint of how strange the film might get. Speaking with Birth Movies Death this weekend, Marvel’s Kevin Feige says we’ve yet to see just how crazy this world can get:

“We send Ant-Man on a very weird, mind-bending journey at the end of Ant-Man. It was something we hadn’t seen in a shrinking movie before, but it also represents the tip of the mind-bending weirdness we’re going to do in Strange, which I think will surprise people.”

The casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, a role you would normally expect to go to an older Asian male actor, was a surprise to many and Feige says that’s kind of the point:

“As we were developing this film we looked at The Ancient One as a mantle more than a specific person. The sorcerers have been around for millennia, protecting us from things we didn’t know about until this story. There have been multiple [Ancient Ones], even if this one has been around for five hundred years, there were others. This is a mantle, and therefore felt we had leeway to cast in interesting ways.”

Feige also confirms Doctor Strange will still live in Greenwich Village like in the comics: “The Sanctum is on Bleeker Street, the modern day Bleeker Street. He will be the strangest thing walking out onto that street.”

Speaking of the film, a new fan-made potential opening credits for the film is out and drawing a lot of attention. Check it out at Vimeo.