When director Scott Derrickson was confirmed to be the man behind the magic for #Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange, his appointment seemed like a bit of an odd choice. As a director, screenwriter and producer, Derrickson's back catalogue is shrouded in the #horror genre, from The Exorcism of Emily Rose — which won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film — to 2012's Sinister, which brought him much acclaim.
Marvel Studios is known for picking and choosing its directors with much care, from Kenneth Branagh's Shakespearean influence on Thor to comedy duo the Russo brothers' starkly political take on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Bringing in a horror director to tackle #DoctorStrange wasn't the weirdest decision ever though, as the Doctor has long been associated with the supernatural and scary as much as he has with psychedelic magic.
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At the end of the day though there was very little interaction between Doctor Strange and horror. While it was a different entry to the #MCU, the movie stayed fairly in line with the light hearted sci-fi tone of the franchise. It was in many ways a simple origin movie, establishing the inexperienced Strange within the world of the MCU and setting him up for further development when he returns for Avengers: Infinity War and the inevitable #DoctorStrange2.
A sequel for the magical Doctor seems assured, as thus far every solo character has sparked a dedicated trilogy to fill in the gaps between ensemble pieces, but no details on the matter have been revealed yet. It wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Derrickson returning though, given his success with the first outing.
Coming Soon had the chance to talk to Derrickson in a new interview this week, and they popped the supernatural question, asking the director whether or not some of the more overtly horror genre elements of the #comics would find a place in a Doctor Strange 2, or the wider MCU as it develops.
While Derrickson was reluctant to outright say no, he didn't seem to think that horror is on the slate for the MCU anytime soon.
“I wouldn’t necessarily rule anything out. That’s certainly where the comics went in the ’80s but I also think that was probably the weakest era of the comics. The alternate dimensions and possibilities of the multiverse that we set up with the first film already give limitless possibilities. What I will say is that the goal would not be to underutilize that, or to create something that was less innovative than the first 'Doctor Strange.'"
Derrickson did go on to say that anything is possible when it comes to Doctor Strange. But while he wouldn't rule it out, don't expect to see anything overtly supernatural in the MCU. Well, the movie side of it at least.
It's an interesting position for him to take, considering that he's previously stated that Nightmare — super-villain and ruler of the Dream Dimension — would be a personal favorite as a Doctor Strange nemeses. Nightmare is about as horror/supernatural as they get, a demon who traps his victims in a nightmare realm of their own making.
Maybe he'll show up later down the line, but for now it seems Marvel Studios is skirting making things even "stranger" than they have already.
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