Doctor Strange Opens With $86m As Swinton Wants Ancient One Prequel

While moviegoers in the US have to wait until November 4th to get their Doctor Strange fix, the new Marvel blockbuster is setting the pace with an incredible opening gate of $86m globally. With Benedict Cumberbatch donning the cape and making his first attempt at portraying a superhero, the film that takes inspiration from Inception and The Matrix cannot be faulted.

Comparing other movies of its type, that figure beats out Ant-Man, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, indicating that the cocky magician is here to stay. The flick opened to 33 territories, which only accounts for 45% of their target market. Leaving America and China for last as the money rolls in for the studio.

Director Already Planning Sequel Concept and Villain

Mads Mikkelsen in Doctor Strange

IGN reports that director Scott Derrickson is already looking towards the next chapter. Which is confident, considering the original has yet to make its debut in the United States. Taking cues from the comics and the events of the 2016 extravaganza, he gave a taste of what might come.

“I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension," said Derrickson. "That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that."

Nightmare first featured in the comics way back in 1963, as the despotic ruler of the Dream Dimension. Sounds dark, trippy and absolutely brilliant!

Swinton Pushing For An Ancient One Stand Alone Prequel

Tilda Swinton Ancient One

It seems like any superhero/mystical character from Marvel or DC that is on the screen for longer than 5 minutes is worthy of a stand alone installment. And Tilda Swinton knows this. The actress who stars in the film as the Ancient One told Screen Crush that she is already pressuring the powers that be to make that a reality.

"I’m pretty confidently dropping hints in Kevin Feige’s ear about a prequel, I’m constantly harassing him about that," Swinton said. "I don’t know if it’ll get anywhere."

So how is she doing this exactly?

“Just leaving the odd hint,” she joked. “Writing the odd note and putting it in his pocket. Writing lipstick messages in his mirror. Just seeing how far we get.”