Scott Derrickson On The Stress Of Making ‘Doctor Strange’

The latest entry in the MCU, Doctor Strange has blown fans and critics away. However, director Scott Derrickson had not been so confident through the whole filming process:

“Marvel Studios has never made a really bad movie,” Derrickson said. “This is our fourteenth film; thirteen well-reviewed movies, thirteen financial hits in a row. No one has done that. Not even Pixar has done that. No one has a better track record than them.”

“I was living with that pressure, but I also weighed that very carefully before I really signed on for the job, I was like, ‘I’m going to take this, I am going take the responsibility, and I tried to approach it the way I did with Sinister.'”

“As the day has gotten closer to the release, I was just horrified, I was so scared. It was hard not to be. It was hard not to be nervous, and that went, and Marvel, those guys are artists, you know? They really care about their movies, and they get so nervous, too, which just makes me more nervous. Then I get more nervous, and that makes them more nervous, and then we’re all nervous together.”

But, after seeing the film for the first time in its entirety with Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios asked him how he felt, to which he replied:

“I said to him, ‘Well, Kevin, I feel relieved! That’s how I feel!’” He said, ‘Yeah, yeah.’ I said, ‘Here’s how I feel: I feel like, one day, somebody’s going to make a bad Marvel Studios movie, but it ain’t gonna be me!’”


Derrickson certainly won’t be the one to make a bad Marvel film, though it doesn’t seem likely that any Marvel Studios productions in the foreseeable future will be bad. Doctor Strange is now in theaters!

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