Yesterday, fans got their first official look at Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange with new photos from Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase Three adventure, hitting theaters next November. Production is still under way on Doctor Strange, with many fans curious about what kinds of supernatural powers the Sorcerer Supreme will have, since he'll be the first character with these sorts of abilities introduced into the MCU. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Kevin Feige, who shed some light on the kinds of things we'll be seeing from the Sorcerer Supreme next year, confirming that he will also have the Cloak of Levitation from the comics.
"He can do a whole host of things, eventually. He does cast spells, which in the comics have very sort of tongue-twisty fun names. We don't want to shy away from that, because that's what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange. He has a Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, but he doesn't fly like Superman or like Thor. It's almost got a consciousness of its own, this cloak, which, again, gives us a superhero with a red cape - which we've seen a few times - but allows us to do it in a wholly unique and wholly original way. He can create these mandalas of light that he can use as shields and he can use as sort of weapons. He can create portals that will open before your eyes that he can step through and go to other places around the world. And frankly, even in this film, we'll only touch upon what a lot of his powers are."
Earlier this month, director Scott Derrickson posted a set photo that appeared to reveal the Sorcerer Supreme's Sanctum Sanctorum. In the Marvel Comics, The Sanctum Santorum is a building that was built upon the site of pagan sacrifices, and before that Native American rituals, which is said to be a focal point for supernatural energies. The photo also featured what many believed was the Eye of Agamotto, which the Doctor uses to defeat Dormammu in the comics. Kevin Feige also confirmed that the Eye of Agamotto will be present in Doctor Strange. And he hints that it could be the Time Gem, which is one of the stones that makes up the Infinity Gauntlet, sought by Thanos.
"The Cloak of Levitation [and] the Eye of Agamotto are his two signature pieces. In this film, the Eye is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things, the most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities. Which is also another way of saying, 'screw around with time' - which is part of our story."
The Doctor Strange supporting cast includes Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams as the female lead, believed to be Night Nurse and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, along with Mads Mikkelsen, Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins as unspecified characters. Kevin Feige wouldn't confirm the identity of Rachel McAdams' character, but he did tell Entertainment Weekly that the actress plays one of Stephen Strange's colleagues, a fellow surgeon. Here's what the producer had to say.
"Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into he role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity."
Executive producer Stephen Broussard added that her character essentially represents the "audience's point-of-view," since she sees Strange before and after his transformation into the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Cumberbatch played coy when asked if Rachel McAdams is playing Stephen Strange's love interest, but he did hint that he would "hit on her" more than he would with The Ancient One. Stephen Broussard confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen is playing the "main villain," while Kevin Feige offered more details about this character, whose identity has not yet been revealed.
"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. But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions. 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."
Are you glad that Doctor Strange will include the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto? Do you think he is in possession of the time gem? Is this how he ties into Avengers: Infinity War? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more on this superhero adventure.