The Marvel Cinematic Universe is getting Strange – and kind of scary – for its next blockbuster. Yes, the next stop on this ever-expanding superhero universe odyssey is the psychedelic-inspired Sanctum Santorum and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and we may see some horror-esque elements in the movie by the sounds of things.
Scott Adkins, who will appear in the film, suggests that director Scott Derrickson’s horror-centric filmography (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil & Sinister) may shape the Sorcerer Supreme’s MCU debut.
“This is going to show that other dimension side. I’m sure [director] Scott Derrickson’s going to bring some of his horror element into it as well. It’s gonna be a different version of a Marvel comic,” Adkins explained during an interview with The Huffington Post.
“What’s great about Marvel is they don’t just make superhero movies. They make a different genre out of a different superhero film. Whether it’s a thriller, a straight-up action movie or political thriller, they’re likely to choose a different genre for different heroes, and we’re gonna see some psychedelic stuff in this one. Very exciting.”
Yes, exciting indeed. We can safely predict that Doctor Strange will be Marvel’s most tripped-out adventure yet, delving into other genres while maintaining the comic book movie formula that has worked so well in this cinematic universe.
Adkins, who is also a martial artist, assessed the screen fighting capabilities of Cumberbatch and Mads Mikkelsen, who’s playing the villain.
“Both of them are wonderful people, and I’m not just saying that. They’re a joy to be around. Real gentlemen. Benedict is so smart so intelligent — so knowledgable about everything and just a real sweet, very nice guy. He’s not used to the fighting side of things. It’s kind of new to him. Well, I guess he did some in “Star Trek,” but it’s my thing. It’s not his thing. I was very happy to give him his — well, he tried his damnedest. And I’m sure the finished product is going to show that. And Mads Mikkelsen. He’s a great guy. He’s really down to earth … both of them are just fantastic actors.”
Adkins also appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009, opposite Hugh Jackman, playing Deadpool/Weapon XI with Ryan Reynolds. He took this opportunity to apologise for almost destroying that character.
“I was part of the problem. I was part of the abomination of that character,” he remarked humorously.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you and all your readers that it wasn’t my idea. I was doing what I was told by 20th Century Fox.”