Benedict Cumberbatch, star of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series, is set to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to life in 2016. The film will combine more extraterrestrial and paranormal elements like the Thor films as well as introducing magic into the cinematic universe. Though we have seen some strange happenings on screen, nothing will quite compare to what Stephen Strange will bring to the table. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film will feature Benedict as Doctor Strange himself, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Mads Mikkelsen as a mysterious unnamed villain (TBA).
Tilda Swinton (from Trainwreck, and The Grand Budapest Hotel) had this to say to Screen Crush about the film:
“I’m a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting. I’m really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what’s done in this particular world. It’s all about creativity. It’s not about everything exploding at the end. It’s about something very different.”
The Ancient One is normally a man in the comics but the genders have been swapped for the film and has received mainly a good reaction:
“We’re never afraid to change,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly. “In the comic books, Jarvis is an elderly butler. In the movies, he’s an A.I. system which becomes Paul Bettany’s Vision. We are always looking for ways to change. I think if you look at some of the early incarnations of the Ancient One in the comics, they are what we would consider today to be quite, sort of, stereotypical. They don’t hold up to what would work today. Also, within the storyline of the comics, and our movie, ‘the Ancient One’ is a title that many people have had. We hit very early on, What if the Ancient One was a woman? What if the title had been passed and the current Ancient One is a woman? Oh, that’s an interesting idea. [Clicks fingers.] Tilda Swinton! Whoah! And it just hit
[Swinton] has this amazing [ability to] harness of this androgynous sense. So, we use the term ‘her’ and ‘she’ in the film but, other than that, it’s very androgynous. Because it doesn’t matter.”
The Ancient One was Stephen Stranges mentor and the original Sorcerer Supreme. The Ancient One also trained Baron Mordo as his assistant despite acknowledging that he had evil inside of him. Mordo gradually grew jealous of young Strange whom the Ancient One was protecting prior to teaching him. Mordo and Strange clash heads in the years to come on many occasions. The film is set to open up on this relationship though Mikkelsen’s character has been confirmed as the main villain. According to Latino Review, the film will in fact take place in 1968:
“We leave the mystery of magic in the 1960s behind to catch up with brilliant Stephen Strange in modern day New York operating on a gunshot wound. He’s a brilliant surgeon who is a bit arrogant until one night, while chatting on the phone; he clips his car, causing an accident that damages his hands.
After several surgeries from Dr. Nicodemus West, Strange’s hands still aren’t healed enough to return to being a doctor. An encounter with magic (and sub-atomic particles) leads him on a journey to find the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and when he finds her, she initially refuses to teach him.”
So far, the only official synopsis for the film is as follows:
After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.
According to Feige:
“Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. [He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through [to his dimension].
“We will take audiences through sort of a guide to the multiverse, other dimensions, and there are amazing things out there — wonders that are going to be hopefully visually extremely interesting and unique to this movie,” Feige continued. “But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions.”
Though Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t known for his comedic roles we can still expect there to be a strong comedic presence as being part of the Marvel franchise. Though, the action scenes will have more of a CGI effect due to the films magical nature. While Captain America uses his fist and shield to battle his way out of danger, Dr. Strange will be using spells and sorcery.
Take a look at what Marvel Entertainment had to say about the upcoming film: