Marvel’s Kevin Feige Says ‘Doctor Strange’ Will Be Kubrick Meets Miyazaki Meets ‘The Matrix’
'Doctor Strange' is going to be one of the next Marvel movies. We don't have an official announcement yet, but it's happening, likely as part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They're actively searching for a director now and eagle-eyed viewers will notice the first ever acknowledgment of Strange's presence in 'Captain America 2' next month. One of the big questions remaining though is, how Marvel plans to adapt the very magical world of Doctor Strange into their existing universe. Courtesy of Marvel head Kevin Feige, we are starting to realize how that will happen.
Feige spoke with Badass Digest at the 'Captain America 2' press day and explained that the vibe they are shooting for with the 'Doctor Strange' movie is "a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip." Any time you can namedrop Steve Ditko, Stanley Kubrick, Hayao Miyazaki and 'The Matrix' when describing your upcoming superhero movie, you certainly have our attention.
Feige also explained how the Sorcerer Supreme will introduce magic - a heretofore unseen phenomenon - into the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Are you watching the 'Cosmos' series? That’s magic. It’s unbelievable. If somebody knew how to tap into that stuff, what’s the difference between that and magic? You don’t get into it in 'Harry Potter,' but if a scientist went to Hogwarts, he’d find out how some of that stuff is happening! And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds.
Marvel has previously sidestepped any out-and-out mention of magic in their films, but that's all about to change with both 'Avengers 2' (which introduces the magical Scarlet Witch) and 'Doctor Strange.' It's been an important part of the comic books and will be an important part of the Marvel storylines going forward. The Avengers will need more than just a Hulk punch or Hawkeye's arrows to defeat Thanos, they're going to need some old-fashioned sorcery.
With magic and outer space ('Guardians of the Galaxy'), Marvel is branching out from the Earth-bound rules that governed their earlier films and with the success they've had, we can't see anyone doubting this strategy.