Every few years it seems like Marvel reopens its doors to new filmmakers. As franchises progress, they often find themselves handed off to new directors and fresh creative visions. With that in mind, horror master Scott Derrickson recently made a grand debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his work on Doctor Strange, and the director recently revealed that he has plenty of ideas left over to work on a sequel. I recently had the chance to ask Benedict Cumberbatch why Scott Derrickson should return to the Doctor Strange franchise, and the actor explained that Derrickson has the unique ability to multitask without ever sacrificing the quality of Doctor Strange's mind-bending visuals. Cumberbatch said:
One look at Scott Derrickson's IMDB filmography will tell you everything that you need to know about this director's history in the industry. While Derrickson has plenty of experience dealing with films that directly tackle ideas like horror and the supernatural (which Benedict Cumberbatch points out), the challenges presented by a huge movie like Doctor Strange were ultimately different for him. This is a filmmaker who is relatively new to the world of big-budget blockbuster filmmaking, and his raw talent as a director (as well as his ability to multitask under tight deadlines) carried Doctor Strange through the production process. You would never even know that Strange was his first comic book movie because he handled all of the essential duties of creating this epic, effects-heavy film with such incredible ease.
That said, the core structure of Doctor Strange helped in this process. In another part of my discussion with Benedict Cumberbatch about the success of the recent Marvel film, he explained that the movie resonated with audiences because of the ways in which it blended familiar elements of the superhero genre with new inversions on the existing formula. Derrickson had his work cut out for him in this film, but he was assisted by the foundation that Marvel has established in recent years.
For a longer look at our conversation with Benedict Cumberbatch on Doctor Strange, see the clip below.
We will bring you more information related to the future of Stephen Strange in the Marve Cinematic Universe as new details become available to us. The Doctor Strange Blu-ray will hit shelves on February 28, and it is currently available on Digital HD.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.