Kevin Feige & Scott Derrickson Discuss ‘Doctor Strange’; ‘Psychedelic’ Scene Description

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly unveiled our first official look at Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, a character who was first created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee back in 1963. Speaking to the magazine, Scott Derrickson, the director of next year’s highly anticipated Doctor Strange talked about his inspiration for the visual effects that will be seen in the movie, which will be reminiscent of Ditko’s artwork. Here’s what the director had to say:

I was always interested in the extreme mind-bending visuals of the comics, I had very ambitious for the visuals, which were rooted in the comics, that movies haven’t done yet. And a lot of that goes back to the Ditko artwork and all that ’60s craziness you see in the comics.

The magazine also had a chance to chat with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who talked about Ditko’s unique style, which introduced a lot of psychedelic themes and mystical elements to comic books. Here’s what he had to say:

When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it, Stan Lee and, in particular, Steve Ditko, had an amazing psychedelic style. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time. So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.

Feige went on to describe a scene from the movie, which seemingly takes place towards the beginning of the story, when Doctor Strange and the Ancient One — who will be played by Tilda Swinton — first meet:

[The] sequence culminates in what we, behind-the-scenes, refer to as the ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ which literally takes him in a shocking and very fast way through the multiverse, the images can be just as trippy — for lack of a better term — as those Ditko images were in the past. So, that, we hope, is going to set this movie apart from any of the other movies. And, from any other movie.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.