Entertainment Weekly has peeled back the curtain on Marvel’s Doctor Strange this week, releasing some first look images [see here and here], as well as details on Benedict Cumberbatch’s casting [see here] and the characters played by Mads Mikkelsen [see here] and Rachel McAdams [see here].
Now the site has continued its coverage of the Phase Three movie by posting some comments from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, who discusses the Sorcerer Supreme’s powers, along with his Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto.
“He can do a whole host of things, eventually,” states Kevin Feige. “He does cast spells, which in the comics have very sort of tongue-twisty fun names. We don’t want to shy away from that, because that’s what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange. He has a Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, but he doesn’t fly like Superman or like Thor. It’s almost got a consciousness of its own, this cloak, which, again, gives us a superhero with a red cape — which we’ve seen a few times — but allows us to do it in a wholly unique and wholly original way. He can create these mandalas of light that he can use as shields and he can use as sort of weapons. He can create portals that will open before your eyes that he can step through and go to other places around the world. And frankly, even in this film, we’ll only touch upon what a lot of his powers are.”
“In this film, the Eye is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things, the most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities,” Feige continues. “Which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’ — which is part of our story.”
“Screw around with time”… so, could the Eye of Agamotto be the Time Stone?
“Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”
Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28th, 2016 in the UK and November 4th, 2016 in the US, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo and Rachel McAdams (True Detective) and Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) in as-yet-unconfirmed roles.