ByAlisha Grauso, writer at Creators.co
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Of all the upcoming Marvel movies, the one that doesn't fit neatly into a box is Doctor Strange. The subject matter is more mystical than action, more magical than capes and cowls, and far more trippy than the rest of Marvel's material. It's hard to imagine a movie about Doctor Stephen Strange being gritty and grounded, hard to imagine the Sorcerer Supreme punching bad guys in the face, or throwing a magical hammer at them. But it's also hard to imagine how it will look, if not that.

But Marvel is pulling no punches with creating something we've never seen before in the MCU with Doctor Strange, revealed Ben Smith during a recent lecture. The film's cinematographer says that it is far more "out there" than any other Marvel film to date.

It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it’s not your typical Marvel action movie. Most of the work within it is about other dimensions. And I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel’s Fantasia, in a way, because it’s so sort of out there and different to everything else that they’ve done.
'Bond of Union', M.C. Escher
'Bond of Union', M.C. Escher

Fantasia it might be, but it will go even darker, with Smith likening it to the mind-bending works of M.C. Escher, whose works regularly played with the concepts of time, perception, and infinity.

It’s all very out there. I can’t really say much more about it, I’m afraid. But I think it’ll be really interesting, and it’s a very dark movie, I’m pleased to say.

It's not surprising to hear this of a film with director Scott Derrickson at the helm. Previously working in horror, the cerebral director has a background in both philosophy and theology and regularly posts thought-provoking things on social media, mixing philosophy and profundity in ways you wouldn't expect from...well anyone, let alone a Hollywood director. If there's anyone who can take us on a trip to the dark places of human consciousness and mysticism and bring us back safely, it's Derrickson.

Adding Benedict Cumberbatch to the mix, with his ability to dive headlong into gravitas but keep a deft touch of lightness when need be, only gives me confidence that Marvel is quietly building something special with this movie. Of all the individual Marvel character films that are upcoming, this one may be the film I'm looking forward to most.

(via Screen Daily)

Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016.

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