‘Doctor Strange’ Director Teases a Potential Role For Marvel’s Death
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to enter “Phase Three,” expect things to get a little weird. A few years ago, the mere thought of of a dimension-hopping sorcerer inhabiting the same world as Steve Rogers and Tony Stark seemed impossible. But now here comes Doctor Strange. In fact, the debut adventure of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme may very well be the film that smuggles one of the wildest comic-book concepts of all time into the MCU. Is Stephen Strange ready to grapple with Death itself?
For those still not fully initiated into the crazier corners of the Marvel Universe, Death is exactly what it sounds like: a cosmic being who embodies, well, death and everything that accompanies it. If this tweet from Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson isn’t him just goofing around, it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch’s magic-wielding warrior may introduce us to this all-powerful entity:
To be fair and upfront, Derrickson spends a lot of time on Twitter simply sharing his favorite Doctor Strange art, so it’s entirely possible that he just so happens to like this panel and decided to post it. Or he’s dropping a hint about what could happen in the movie. Which means that we now have to go back through his post history and try to find significance in everything he has posted in the past year.
This is where we have a take a dive into the deep end of the Marvel pool. If Death is introduced in Doctor Strange, it will most likely involve laying the groundwork for Avengers: Infinity War, where it will play a major role. In the iconic “Infinity Gauntlet” storyline, the villainous Thanos embarks on a mission of universal destruction because he is literally in love with Death, who appears to him as a hooded woman. All of his machinations, all of that Infinity Stone collecting, is just his way to become powerful enough to kill enough people to impress her. That’s a lot to take in, but easing into that concept with an honest-to-Galactus sorcerer should make it easier to swallow.
Doctor Strange begins filming later this year for a November 4, 2016 release date.