Still with us? Here’s Feige’s quote:
“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.”
Feige also opened up about how director Scott Derrickson will handle certain aspects of the source material, like the location of Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum and the race of the Ancient One. He revealed that, despite the major differences between the contemporary Greenwich Village and the one in the comics, “The Sanctum is on [Greenwich Village’s] Bleecker Street, the modern Bleecker Street. He will be the strangest thing walking out onto that street.”
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When last we heard, Derrickson was considering a bit of race and gender bending for the role of the Ancient One, who makes Stephen Strange the Sorcerer Supreme and is an old Tibetan man in the comics. Despite rumors that actors like Bill Nighy, Morgan Freeman and Ken Watanabe were in contention for the role, Tilda Swinton appears to be the current frontrunner for the part. Feige explains that some creative reimagining was done for the adaptation of the Ancient One, giving Derrickson some options for the role:
“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.”
Tell us, what do you make of Feige’s comments? Do they get you excited about the Sorcerer Supreme’s big screen outing? Sound off in the comments below.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016.