Marvel’s Doctor Strange has been dominating headlines of late, thanks to the embargo being lifted on set visit reports for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first proper venture into its mystical side – on the big screen, that is (tip of the hat to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for beating it to the punch with its season 4 Ghost Rider plot thread). This movie no doubt still has its fair share of secrets to reveal, but at this stage Marvel’s marketing strategy is started to shift; from teasing what new doors in the MCU Doctor Strange will open to promoting the film as being a must-see experience in theaters, with its trippy visuals of sorcerers manipulating dimensions and reality itself.
That was certainly the case with the IMAX preview recently-unveiled by Marvel Studios for Doctor Strange, complete with extra helpings of Inception-style imagery of sky-scraping buildings being folded over on themselves and Stephen Strange himself (Benedict Cumberbatch) mastering the art of spell-wielding. If the Scott Derrickson-directed film is all about Mr. Strange learning to see beyond his arrogance and limited worldview in order to recognize the many realities outside our everyday one, the film’s new IMAX poster takes the concept that Strange will be expanding his mind in the movie somewhat literally.
You can see what we mean for yourselves by checking out the Doctor Strange IMAX poster, below:
Among the people shown to be (again, literally) on Strange’s mind in the above poster are Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), the film’s villain and a fellow described as a “man of ideas” by Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and MCU head architect, Kevin Feige. Also shown here is The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), the future Sorcerer Supreme’s mysterious mentor; Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), another powerful magic user who, as Marvel comics readers know all too well, might have a dark future in the MCU; Wong (Benedict Wong), another one of Strange’s instructors in the art of magic; and Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), a woman whom Strange knows back from his days working as a non-magic using doctor.
For much more on Doctor Strange, check out our own set visit reports on the film:
- Benedict Cumberbatch Explains the Importance of Marvel’s Doctor Strange
- Kevin Feige Teases the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Magic Future
- Scott Derrickson Teases Doctor Strange Sequels
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.