The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Benedict cumberbatch travels to another dimension in Doctor Strange
t’s a very different feel, different hero and different set of circumstances to what we’ve seen before,” says Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Marvel’s forthcoming magical mystery tour Doctor Strange. “It’s another moment during Marvel’s evolution.”
Back in the ’60s and ’70s, Doctor Strange was the hippies’ favourite. Dr. stephen strange, an arrogant Manhattan neurosurgeon who travels to the Himalayas to recover from a careerending accident and ends up as the sorcerer supreme, opened the door to Marvel’s most psychedelic adventures. Under the tutelage of tilda swinton’s ancient One, Cumberbatch’s tormented hero learns magic and discovers hidden parallel dimensions. this multiverse was teased at the end of Ant-man, but Doctor Strange goes the whole nine yards, with major ramifications for all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
the ancient One will teach strange and, through him, the audience about the multiverse. “[It has] many dimensions,” says Marvel studios president Kevin Feige, “some of which are mindbending, some scary, all of which need to be kept at bay, lest they come into our dimension.”
Director scott Derrickson, a Strange-lover since childhood, promises retina-popping vistas true to the cosmic visions of the comic’s creator, steve Ditko. “We felt free to go as far as we could imagine, so we’re doing a lot of things that I think have not been done before,” says Derrickson. “Once we’d crossed a certain line we just kept going.”