Marvel may be done with origin stories in relation to Spider-Man, but that does not rule out her other titles like Doctor Strange. Marvel President Kevin Feige made a fair point that as fans who’ve seen an origin story more than once in a new retelling of a narrative may not want to see it a 3rd time. After-all how many times can Uncle Ben die?
For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar. Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.
Which is a given. As this will be the first comic movie from Marvel set to take a psychedelic trip into alternate dimensions.
Big news also came about actor Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One . Often portrayed as male in comics, the character is a bit of a shapeshifter, so in the film version Feige highlights The Ancient One’s ‘ambiguity’ in terms of sex, where she could be considered more of a force than a person:
I think you’ll see us playing it in ways that she’s played other characters that way. Clearly she’s a woman, but it is very ambiguous in her portrayal.
Not to mention the employ of actor Rachel McAdams in a yet to be announced role. Feige commented on the news, saying McAdams is set to play “very, very big part” in Doctor Strange and “represents a certain point of view of the worlds that we experience in that movie”.
Filming begins in London, England this November. Scott Derrickson is set to direct, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Rachel McAdams as TBA.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange is slated for release November 4th 2016