Doctor Strange (2016) American Full Movie Online
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Produced by Kevin Feige
Starring:Benedict Cumberbatch,Chiwetel Ejiofor
Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg
Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton
Music by Michael Giacchino
Production company: Marvel Studios
Release dates: November 4, 2016 (North America)
Country: United States
Description:Doctor Strange is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the fourteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, who wrote the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton. In Doctor Strange, surgeon Stephen Strange learns from the Ancient One after a career-ending car accident.
Various incarnations of a Doctor Strange film have been in development since the mid-1980s until Paramount Pictures acquired the film rights in April 2005 on behalf of Marvel Studios. Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer were brought on board in June 2010 to write a screenplay. In June 2014, Derrickson was hired to direct the film. Cumberbatch was chosen for the eponymous role in December 2014, and at the same time, Spaihts was confirmed to be rewriting the script, while Cargill joined Doctor Strange to work on the script with Derrickson. The film began principal photography in November 2015 in Nepal before moving to the United Kingdom, and concluded in New York City in April 2016.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016 in 3D and IMAX 3D.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange:
A neurosurgeon who, after a horrific car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Cumberbatch, who spent his gap year teaching English at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India, stated that the mysticism in the film resonated with him: "I'm very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It's something that’s been a huge part of my life. I meditate a lot. That's a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world. I took a lot of stuff away from my experience in Darjeeling... It was a profoundly formative experience at a very young age. It's something I've tried to keep in my life. "Cumberbatch stated he took great care in defining the physical movements and gestures of the character, as he felt there was "going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there."He also called the gestures "a beautiful thing", "balletic" and "very dynamic". Producer Kevin Feige added that Doctor Strange would "only touch upon what a lot of his powers are," which include casting spells with "tongue-twisty fun names", creating mandalas of light for shields and weapons, and creating portals for quick travel around the world. Strange is also aided by a Cloak of Levitation for flight, and the Eye of Agamotto, a relic with the ability to "manipulate probabilities...which is also another way of saying, 'screw around with time'."
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo:
A former student of the Ancient One, along with Strange. Unlike the comics, the character is not completely villainous and is a combination of different characters from the Doctor Strange mythos. Ejiofor noted this, saying, Mordo is "a very complex character that, really, I don’t think can be nailed down either way". Regarding Mordo's relationships with the Ancient One, Ejiofor called it "long and intense" and "very deep and very connected." He added that once Strange arrives, they both recognize a "certain quality [in him] that they feel is going to be very useful in a situation they’re in."
McAdams plays a fellow surgeon of Strange. Feige describes the character as a "lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into the role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity."
Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West: A rival scientist to Strange.
Mikkelsen plays "a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect" from the Ancient One, according to Feige. Describing the character, Feige said, "[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through."
Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One:
A Celtic mystic, who becomes Strange's mentor and trains pupils to be the next Sorcerer Supreme. Marvel Studios initially searched for a male actor, but rethought the role and made it female. Before filming began, Swinton did not know if she would portray the character as a female or male, but later stated that the character's gender is "all in the eye of the beholder". Feige said, "we use the terms 'her' and 'she' in the film but, other than that, it's very androgynous. Because it doesn't matter," and explained that the Ancient One is "a mantle more than a specific person... There have been multiple [Ancient Ones], even if this one has been around for five hundred years, there were others. This is a mantle, and therefore felt we had leeway to cast in interesting ways." Swinton's casting also drew accusations of whitewashing due to the fact that the character is generally depicted as a Tibetan man. Co-writer C. Robert Cargill compared it to the Kobayashi Maru, an unwinnable training exercise in the Star Trek universe, saying, "There is no other character in Marvel [Comics] history that is such a cultural land mine that is absolutely unwinnable," citing the racial stereotype of the character, and the political climate around Tibet. As such, director Scott Derrickson decided to "use this as an opportunity to cast an amazing actress in a male role." In response, Swinton stated that the character in the film is not actually Asian and that she was never asked to play an Asian character.
Additionally, Benedict Wong portrays Wong, Strange's valet who "performs healing duties, assists in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial arts, and tends to Strange’s affairs." Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins have been cast in undisclosed roles.
Cumberbatch on the set of Doctor Strange in Kathmandu, November 2015
Principal photography began in Nepal on November 4, 2015, under the working title Checkmate, with filming in and around the Kathmandu Valley, including: the Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath Temples;Thamel and New Road in Kathmandu; and the Patan Durbar Square in Patan. Production moved to Longcross Studios in the United Kingdom on November 11, and was scheduled to stay there until March 2016. Also in November, filming took place in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, while additional footage was shot at Pinewood-Shepperton and Shepperton Studios in the UK for scenes set in New York City.
By the end of November, Mikkelsen and Stuhlbarg were confirmed to have been cast, alongside Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins in unspecified roles. In January 2016, filming took place at Exeter College in Oxford and Benedict Wong was cast as Wong, Strange's valet. In February, scenes were shot on the streets of London to again replicate a New York City setting, before production moved to New York City's Flatiron District in April. Filming was also expected to take place in Hong Kong. Principal photography wrapped in New York City on April 3, 2016.
I think when you consider the work that I've done it makes sense that he'd be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel universe. Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I'm suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Strange Tales – I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.
–Scott Derrickson, director of Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange was initially listed as being in pre-production in 1986, with a script by Bob Gale. For unknown reasons Gale's film never went further into production,and by 1989, Alex Cox had co-written a script with Stan Lee. The script had Doctor Strange traveling to the Fourth Dimension, before ending up on Easter Island, where he would face Dormammu. Cox and Lee's script was almost made by Regency, but at the time, Regency Films were distributed by Warner Bros., who was in a dispute with Marvel over merchandising, so the film did not proceed further. By December 1992, Wes Craven signed to write and direct, with Savoy Pictures distributing,and a release set for either 1994 or 1995.David S. Goyer had completed a script in 1995 for the film. By April 1997, Columbia Pictures had purchased the film rights and Jeff Welch was working on a new screenplay, with Bernie Brillstein and Brad Grey producing.
By April 2000, Columbia dropped Doctor Strange, which then had Michael France attached to write a script and interest from Chuck Russell and Stephen Norrington to direct.By June 2001, Dimension Films acquired the film rights, with Goyer back on board as writer and director. Goyer hinted scheduling conflicts might ensue with a film adaptation of Murder Mysteries,and promised not to be highly dependent on computer-generated imagery.However, by August 2001, Miramax Films acquired the film rights from Dimension,and by March 2002, Goyer had dropped out of the project. A 2005 release date was announced the next March, while in June 2004, a script still had yet to be written. Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad stated, "We are nowhere with that. That's a tough one to write, but we are working on it. We are trying to find the real Jerry Garcia of the writing community."In April 2005, Paramount Pictures acquired Doctor Strange from Miramax, as part of Marvel Studios' attempt to independently produce their own films. At the time, the film was projected to have a budget of no more than $165 million.
In March 2009, Marvel hired writers to help come up with creative ways to launch its lesser-known properties, such as Black Panther, Cable, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Nighthawk and Vision.In June 2010, Marvel Studios hired Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to write Doctor Strange.While promoting for Transformers: Dark of the Moon in April 2011, actor Patrick Dempsey indicated he was lobbying to play the title character.In January 2013, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would appear in some capacity as part of "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Feige reiterated that a Doctor Strange feature film was in development at Marvel Studios that May, and again in November.
In February 2014, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Marvel was considering Mark Andrews, Jonathan Levine, Nikolaj Arcel and Dean Israelite to direct the film, and was considering Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger to rewrite the film's script.Feige confirmed that Marvel was considering prospective candidates, but stated "That article [from The Hollywood Reporter] was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is."By March the list of directors that Marvel was considering included Andrews, Levine, and Scott Derrickson.Feige also described how magic would be represented in the film, saying, "You don't get into it in Harry Potter, but if a scientist went to Hogwarts he'd find out how some of that stuff is happening! We're not going to spend a lot of time on that, but there will be some of that. And particularly for a character like Strange, who goes from a man of science to a man of faith and who traverses both worlds." Feige added that "Doctor Strange needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip."
In April 2014, Feige stated that Doctor Strange would be the "doorway" into the supernatural side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.He expanded on this in July 2014, saying, "Now, what is the definition of "supernatural"? It varies. We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions. [Doctor] Strange, in a very [Steve] Ditko, crazy astro-trip way, traveling through dimensions and traveling through other realms is something we think is very cool. And playing with perceptions of reality...We’re [also] going to play a lot with the notion of [physics and quantum mechanics] as an explanation for how the sorcerers do what they do."Feige later revealed that the Dark Dimension would be seen in the film.
In June 2014, Derrickson was chosen to direct the film,Marvel had been looking at Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jared Leto as leads in the film,and Jon Spaihts entered negotiations to rewrite the script.In confirming the hiring of Derrickson, Feige stated that casting would begin in July or August and added that production was expected to begin in early 2015, saying, "Strange is very, very important, not just because it's an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who's gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies." Later in the month, Édgar Ramírez, who worked with Derrickson in 2014's Deliver Us from Evil, stated that he had conversations with the director about a role in Doctor Strange.
In July, Feige stated that the announcement of the lead role would happen "relatively quickly",and by the end of the month Joaquin Phoenix entered talks to play the character.By September 2014, Marvel Studios was in negotiations to shoot Doctor Strange at Pinewood-Shepperton in the UK, with crews being assembled for a move into Shepperton Studios in late 2014/early 2015 to begin filming in May 2015. Negotiations with Phoenix ended in October 2014, with Phoenix stating that one of the reasons he declined the role was that blockbuster films would never be "fulfilling", with "too many requirements that went against [his] instincts for character."Marvel placed Cumberbatch, Leto, Ethan Hawke, Oscar Isaac, Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, and Keanu Reeves on their shortlist for Doctor Strange, though Reeves was not approached about the role, while Ryan Gosling had discussions to play the character.
By the end of October, Cumberbatch entered negotiations to play the character, and in December was officially cast in the role, despite having previously stated at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International that he would have been unable to accept the role if offered due to commitments with other projects. Spaihts was also confirmed to be writing the screenplay. On casting Cumberbatch, Feige said, "He was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time", but his conflicts presented a challenge. After looking at other actors, Marvel kept returning to Cumberbatch and decided to shift the production schedule to fit within Cumberbatch's commitments. With the shifting production schedule, Derrickson brought his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill onto the film to work with him on the script; Cargill revealed his involvement on the project a year later. Cargill stated that both he and Derrickson were initially approached to work on the film as writers, along with Derrickson directing, but Marvel realized they would not have been able to reach their intended release date of July 2016 if Derrickson wrote and directed, resulting in them hiring Spaihts, and passing on Cargill, to allow Derrickson to focus on the film's pre-production. Describing the film, Cargill called it both a superhero film and a fantasy film, saying "it's a very magical fantasy universe, but at the same time it plays by some of the superhero tropes that people enjoy."
In January 2015, Cumberbatch said Doctor Strange would be different from Marvel's previous films explaining, "It's an Astral Plane. There's a huge new element to this Marvel universe that's going to be employed in building this story and this character." Chiwetel Ejiofor entered into preliminary talks with Marvel for a role in the film, later revealed to be Baron Mordo. In April 2015, Derrickson and members of the production team visited New York City to scout potential locations to shoot for the film, while Feige revealed that filming would begin that November. By May, Tilda Swinton was in talks with Marvel to play the Ancient One. In June 2015, Derrickson announced he was heading to London to begin work on the film,and Feige confirmed that Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum would appear in the film, to be located on Bleecker Street in New York City's Greenwich Village as in the comics. Swinton confirmed she would portray the Ancient One in July, and by the end of the month Rachel McAdams was being considered for the female lead, though she cautioned that "it's still super-early, and I don't know where that's gonna go, if it's gonna go anywhere at all."
In August 2015, cinematographer Ben Davis, who also worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, described the film as "Marvel's Fantasia" stating, "It has a very psychedelic grounding, and it's not your typical Marvel action movie... There's a lot of previsualization, and there's a lot of work which is very hard – you look at it and you see the imagery that they've created for it and you think, 'Well how the hell do we shoot that!?' because it's all sort of Escher stuff." Ejiofor was confirmed as Baron Mordo during the 2015 D23 Expo,and by the end of August Mads Mikkelsen entered into early negotiations to play a villain in the film, though Deadline.com noted "those talks are at a very very preliminary stage" and Mikkelsen was "but one of a number of actors being considered for the unspecified villianous role." During the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, McAdams confirmed that she would star in the film.
In September 2015, James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel, revealed that many of the crew that worked on the first Guardians film were unable to work on the second because they had committed to Doctor Strange. At the end of the month, Feige stated additional casting announcements would be made "before the end of the year."By early November, Michael Stuhlbarg entered negotiations to appear in the film as Nicodemus West, a rival scientist of Strange.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released in New Zealand on October 20, 2016,followed by a release on October 28 in the United Kingdom,and November 4, in North America in 3D and IMAX 3D.It was previously reported to have been scheduled for a July 8, 2016 release,which Cargill later confirmed was the film's intended release date.