‘Doctor Strange’: Scott Derrickson Talks Adapting The Source Material

doctor-strange-banner-3[Disclaimer: this article features a mild spoiler from Marvel’s Doctor Strange so read at your own risk]

The time has finally arrived as Doctor Strange is finally being released this week, with the Sorcerer Supreme making his entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In a recent interview with Collider, Scott Derrickson, the director of the film, chatted about adapting source material for the film, including a specific scene that borrows something from the comics.

“I designed several set pieces [as part of the interview process]. The one that’s in the movie, I wrote, it was a 12-page scene of the astral fight with Rachel McAdams saving his life which is in “The Oath.”

In addition, he spoke about adapting a significant aspect of Stephen’s backstory from the comics into the film. However, that ended up getting cut from the finished product, but might land on the Blu-Ray/DVD.

“We shot a scene, you know in the comics, if you know the comics well, Strange has a backstory where his sister died when he was young and that she drowned and that had a real significant effect, and probably was instrumental in him becoming a doctor. And we shot that scene and we loved that scene. It was a really great scene. It just didn’t fit in the movie.”

Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange a.k.a. Doctor Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius as well as Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, opens in theaters on Friday, November 4.

Source: Collider

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.