MARVEL’s ‘Doctor Strange’ – The Visual ‘Fantasia’ and Gamechanger of the MCU

By Kitin Miranda | 1 year ago
MARVEL’s ‘Doctor Strange’ – The Visual ‘Fantasia’ and Gamechanger of the MCU

It seems like, in more ways than one, that the second feature film of the third phase of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange”, will be a big game-changer for MARVEL studios, especially as the film’s Director of Photography has teased that the entire feel and look in the movie will be very much different from what fans of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe are used to, as most of shared universe’s heroes are very much Earth-bound. Read on to learn more about how exactly “Doctor Strange” will change the game for MARVEL films to come.

“Doctor Strange”, which is slated to be released on November 4, 2016, will be the second installment in the planned Phase Three of the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.


The film will follow Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a gifted  and brilliant surgeon who turns to magic after losing the use of the tools of his trade, his hands, as the result of an unexpected car accident, and who later one becomes the most powerful sorcerer on Earth, which earned him the title- “Sorcerer Supreme”.

In many ways, this exciting new MARVEL adventure will be a huge game changer, as the film will open up the Cinematic Universe’s horizon to different dimensions, outer space, and the realm of magic.

And this will not just be felt story wise, but it the look and feel of the film itself, which was confirmed  by MARVEL Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and the film’s Director of Photography Ben Davis, according to Cinemablend and Screen Daily, respectively.

According to Cinemablend, Feige has teased and has confirmed that the look and feel of “Doctor Strange” has already been teased in the closing film of Phase Two, “Ant-Man”, during the moments when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) was floating in “Eternity” as a result of going sub-atomic in order to save the day.

According to Screen Daily, Ben Davis, the Director of Photography for the film, and who also worked on other MARVEL films, told a BAFTA masterclass last August 4, 2015, that the “Doctor Strange” film will almost be like the studios’ “Fantasia”, the  classic Disney film in which animation, both abstract and concrete, were set to tunes of classical pieces done by famous past composers.

Davis described it as MARVEL’s “Fantasia” as the look of the film will be “out there”, as they will have to present audiences with different realms and realities. He also described the film’s look as “psychedelic”, and told his audience that their peg or basis for it are the works of M.C. Escher, who specialized in geometric explorations of the impossible and infinities, such as “Relativity”, which featured various interconnected staircases which made it impossible for the viewer to fathom which of the figures in the painting are going up or down.

He also told the masterclass that even though they haven’t started production for the film yet, they are already hard at work as there is a lot of “previsualization” work to be done in order for that particular to come across well on the silver screen.

Aside from this, he teased that the upcoming “Doctor Strange” film will be darker in tone than the other films in Phase Two and in Phase One.

This however, will open up the MARVEL Cinematic Universe to many changes, and film’s visualization will have an effect on the rest of Phase Three, which include “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”, and “Captain Marvel”.


And that was the latest update on how different, visually speaking, the upcoming MARVEL “Doctor Strange” movie will be compared to the previous films. For more updates, news and spoilers on upcoming movies, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).

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