Doctor Strange is one of the few Marvel comics characters who is truly different than almost everyone else. His powers cannot be explained through science, he uses pure, real magic. This mysticism, this distance from reality as we know it, might be why he was never quite able to reach the popularity of other characters such as Captain America or Iron Man.
However, Scott Derrickson, director of the upcoming solo outing of the Sorcerer Supreme, recently revealed that even as a kid, he always loved reading Stephen Strange’s stories.
“My love for the comics, I think is probably … I’ll start by saying this. I think that, because I love the comics so much, and I grew up reading Marvel comics, and Doctor Strange is my favorite comic book character, probably,” Derrickson told ComicBook.com and other press during a Doctor Strange set visit. “I think, honestly, the only comic book I would feel personally suited to work on. For me, it was, my long standing love for Doctor Strange comes from, first of all, the fantastical visual imagery of all the comics, particularly the early Ditko stuff, “Into Shamballa”, “The Oath”. A lot of the images that I have picked are from those three sources.”
“Then, individual issues,” Derrickson continued. “Thematically, the loneliness of that character, I always really liked the idea of a character who had gone through so much trauma and was placed into a position between our world and other worlds, other dimensions. Literally, that’s a lonely position. I like that. I think that, as I’ve gotten older, my continuing love for Doctor Strange has been that he is a character who transforms through suffering, and, for me, that’s kind of the most powerful thing. He goes through this gauntlet of trauma and suffering, going all the way back to his childhood, in the comics, but, then, he appropriates that suffering in a certain way that limits him. Then, he goes through the loss of everything, in a really painful, unbearable way, and, eventually finds self-transcendence in something mystical. That’s Doctor Strange to me. I love that, and I think that, again, getting to why I think I got the job, I think it’s my genuine love for that that somehow connected to what … I didn’t know it at the time, but I think it really connected to what Marvel wanted the movie to be. When I came in, I talked about Doctor Strange in those terms, and, for me, it’s like that’s the only way I could make the movie, that and I had set piece ideas, already, about how to make the movie as visually weird in this day and age as the Ditko comics were at their time.”
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel). It will hit theaters November 4, 2016.
From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.