Marvel is about to go full-steam ahead on their marketing campaign for their latest movie Doctor Strange. We have already seen a teaser trailer and a few official posters for the next entry in the MCU, but in the next week we are very likely to get a whole lot more. Kevin Feige and the gang are bringing Doctor Strange to San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and they have dropped a brand new theatrical poster ahead of what will likely be one of the highlights of the entire convention.
The latest poster has been showing up in certain movie theaters and even though Marvel has yet to release a high resolution version of it, it has made its way onto Twitter. The first couple of theatrical posters were a bit more of a tease, but this new look showcases Benedict Cumberbatch as The Sorcerer Supreme in all of his glory, front and center. The background of the poster is still showcasing the Sanctum Sanctorum, which was also featured in the other posters we have seen. But this is definitely the best look at Doctor Strange in costume we have seen so far.
Marvel Studios is bringing several of their upcoming movies to San Diego Comic-Con this year, including the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. There is no doubt that much of the focus of the studios panel on Saturday at SDCC will be on Doctor Strange, because he is a brand new character, and a very different one at that. Even many hardcore comic book fans only have a passing knowledge of the character, so Marvel Studios is definitely going to want to sell the larger audience on the premise and the character, who it seems will be a big part of the MCU moving forward. Here is the official synopsis for Doctor Strange.
"Marvel's Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe."
Doctor Strange will be a very different kind of Marvel movie, with horror director Scott Derrickson directing, and it will be introducing straight up magic into the MCU. Up till now, only vaguely mystical elements have been introduced, via the Thor movies mostly. Not only that, but the source material is like nothing we have seen before and though the movie has clearly taken a lot from the comics, things had to be toned down a bit. The original comics were very much a product of their era, and are very psychedelic and perhaps even over-the-top, and probably wouldn't make for good, mass appeal if it were taken straight from the page to the screen.
Fans can probably expect a brand new, full-length trailer for Doctor Strange, as well as some more story and character details, to be revealed during SDCC this weekend. Hopefully the studio will release the trailer for the general public as well, which seems likely because the release date for the movie is fast approaching, and they want to get people as excited as possible. Doctor Strange is set for release on November 4. Be sure to check out the brand new theatrical poster for yourself below.