ByChristina St-Jean, writer at
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's Doctor Strange was always destined to be a movie steeped in the mystic, supernatural vibe of Eastern culture and medicine. But no one could have predicted a musical group that was pretty much the backbone of 1960s and '70s psychedelia would also play such a big part in the film's vibe.

If you listen during a critical scene of the first act, a wailing guitar can be heard. This sound is the intro to one of Pink Floyd's earliest hits, "Interstellar Overdrive." Without giving too much away about the song's role in the MCU's latest hit, acts as a launch into the main story of .

While director Scott Derrickson was teased via Twitter about the inclusion of in the movie — given that Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" seems to be the only psychedelic sound that usually gets included in movies — the Brit band seems to have had a lengthy love affair with Doctor Strange since the 1960s.

The Doctor Strange-Pink Floyd Connection

Although "Interstellar Overdrive" is a track from Pink Floyd's debut studio album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, it's with the band's sophomore effort that the connection to the mystical doctor is made abundantly clear. Fans of the comic book series will notice that the cover art for A Saucerful Of Secrets consists of a panel lifted directly from the comic series Doctor Strange. On the cover's righthand side, you can see the Sorcerer Supreme himself, while in the upper left you see the Living Tribunal, one of Stephen Strange's enemies.

In addition to the cover art, there are also references to Doctor Strange in at least one of Pink Floyd's songs. On the 1969 album More that came after A Saucerful of Secrets, the song "Cymbaline" features a clear reference to the good doctor:

"And Doctor Strange is always changing size."

The cover art for Ummagumma, Pink Floyd's fourth album, also features the cover art for A Saucerful Of Secrets hidden in the background, which gives Pink Floyd two album covers featuring the good doctor's likeness. In his movie, Derrickson also quoted the song "Let There be More Light" when sharing a still from Doctor Strange via Twitter.

The Art Of Doctor Strange, Man!

Once you see the movie, you quickly realize that the film is rife with connections to 1960s psychedelia. Particularly once Strange gets his powers, audiences are treated to the same kaleidoscopic, swirling images and colors that were so much a hallmark of that era.

With the mandalas that Doctor Strange generates as he works his magic and the sheer interplay of colors throughout, it's readily apparent that the movie is reveling in its deep roots of 1960s culture in spite of the 21st century setting. The artwork and hues involved in the cinematography are intertwined with the theme of expanding your mind to accept what could be, rather than the pragmatic nature of what is. 's music was about challenging perceptions rather than accepting the status quo, and those tunes provide a fitting backdrop to both the Doctor Strange comics and movie.

The artwork of Marvel's "Doctor Strange" is a nice counterpoint to the psychedelia of Pink Floyd .
The artwork of Marvel's "Doctor Strange" is a nice counterpoint to the psychedelia of Pink Floyd .

Pickups For Doctor Strange 2?

While Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch has openly acknowledged that he has signed on for at least one more Doctor Strange portrayal, I can't help but wonder if Pink Floyd's unique sound will make a reappearance in subsequent movies. Whatever happens, one thing is certain: "Interstellar Overdrive" is an ideal tool to launching audiences into the heart of the Doctor Strange story, whether they are fans of the comic series or not.

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