The pieces of the Doctor Strange puzzle are beginning to take shape, as Marvel released a new featurette. The video interviews cast members and provides some fresh footage for good measure. Variety also reports that lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch alongside fellow castmembers and producer Kevin Feige give a behind-the-scenes look at the film. Adding to the trailers, the team provides some background of the film and what fans can expect ahead of the November 4 opening.
"Strange is incredibly arrogant, brilliant, sort of extraordinary and his need to control fate, destiny and in particular death has brought him to the height of his profession as a neurosurgeon," explains the British actor in the featurette. "(The Ancient One) brings out this spiritual dimension he didn't know was possible and he realizes his potential as someone who can help on a grander scale than he ever knew existed."
Fans Get First Real Look At Mad Mikkelsen's Kaecilius
But the one who really steals the show during the teaser is Mads Mikkelsen of Hannibal fame. Sporting a pair of burnt eyes in his brown robe and pony tail haircut, the Danish actor portrays Masters of Mystic Arts Kaecilius. A villain who wants to blur the lines between worlds and throw order into chaos.
The featurette with Kaecilius scenes are reminiscent of Inception. Such as by using mind-altering inversions of reality to show buildings collapsing inside a portal. Producer Feige could not contain his enthusiasm at the prospect of seeing Kaecilius and Strange lock horns.
“We’re excited about the villains in this film,” Feige stated. “These are people who become seduced by what they find on the other side. They are interested in spilling the barriers between these dimensions which would annihilate our universe.”
Director Under Fire For Swinton Ancient One Casting
"White washing" is an issue that Hollywood seemingly struggles to comprehend and deal with head on. Case in point is Tilda Swinton's casting as the Ancient One. A role that was intended to go to an actor of Asian decent. Variety reported back in May that director Scott Derrickson took to Twitter to give something akin to an apology.
Raw anger/hurt from Asian-Americans over Hollywood whitewashing, stereotyping & erasure of Asians in cInema.
I am listening and learning.
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) May 4, 2016
Listening and learning is one thing - doing is quite another. You can watch the featurette (above) or without ads here: Doctor Strange - Inside Look