Marvel president Kevin Feige has compared his upcoming film Doctor Strange which will feature the "arrogant" Sorcerer Supreme (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) with Tony Stark's (played by Robert Downey Jr) Iron Man movie.
Feige explained Strange's origin arc and revealed, "His origin has always been, like Tony Stark's, relatively stable, relatively consistent, and we're certainly pulling from that – the arrogant New York neurosurgeon, who's a bit of an ass, who's extremely arrogant, and who has a horrible accident, mangles his hands – his tools – and who loses his identity and loses himself.and has a nice downward spiral, before finding his way in a last-ditch effort in something he doesn't really believe in to Nepal, to the people who he will encounter and who will teach him and open his eyes to a whole other reality."
"And has a nice downward spiral, before finding his way in a last-ditch effort in something he doesn't really believe in to Nepal, to the people who he will encounter and who will teach him and open his eyes to a whole other reality. "
The 43-year-old American film producer called Strange's origin story as "one of the coolest origins" in Marvel comics. He said, "So we're certainly doing that origin. I think it's one of the coolest origins in our comics. It's certainly, from a cinematic point of view, the most sort of interesting singular character journey maybe since Iron Man 1 that we've plucked from the books."
Feige also admitted that the art of Steve Ditko is a huge inspiration behind the movie. "And I would say that Steve Ditko and the art of Steve Ditko is a huge inspiration for us. Not really anything in this room, but for a lot of our interpretation of the multiverse and various dimensions come right out of all of the art of those early comics that Mr. Ditko did, and challenging our amazing visual effects vendors and visual effect supervisors – saying, 'Let's put this on the screen.'" he said.
The movie follows the life of neurosurgeon Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions, and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme. The Marvel film is set for release on 4 November 2016.