Given that the movie industry is currently in standstill courtesy of the Coronavirus, many are trying to find a way to escape reality for a little bit while practicing social distancing. One of the online trending movements for movie fans is Comicbook's Quarantine Watch Party , which was started by Comicbook's very own Brandon Davis for movie fans across the globe to virtually experience a movie together at the same time. The Watch Party has already featured fan-favorite movies in the past week and a half, including MCU films like The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok and Captain America: Civil War . Last night, the movie of the night was Doctor Strange and director Scott Derrickson joined the fun as he revealed new details about the 2016 film while live tweeting throughout the film.
Below is a compilation of several interesting reveals from Derrickson during the Quarantine Watch Party.
Deciding the opening scene of most movies is a tough job for directors, and it seems that such was true for Derrickson for Doctor Strange . The opening scene of establishing the villain as well as giving us a taste of how the magic works in the film seems to be the perfect introduction for a trippy movie like this.
Mads Mikkelsen played the role of the villanous Kaecilius in the 2016 film, being included in a number of the movie's action scenes. It is interesting to discover that the actor is big fan of the hand-to-hand combat even though the primary focus of the film is its magic.
In the film as well as in the comics, Stephen Strange is a renowned medical surgeon before taking the mantle of the Master of the Mystic Arts. The film included several medical procedures and this reveal from Derrickson shows that they were heavily invested in translating all of those procedures as accurate as possible in the movie.
The movie heavily featured the country of Nepal as the home of the MCU's sorcerers. It is a welcome surprise to discover that they went to great lengths in terms of preserving the feel of Kathmandu in the film.
The reveal that the budget for visual effects was aimed for visual creation makes one appreciate the movie even more, given that the film is famously known for its trippy and mind-bending sequences.
It is surprising that the production team didn't consider the concept of time as the major theme of the film, even if the Time Stone is the central McGuffin of the story. This just shows that the creative process of the different people working behind the scenes was continuously evolving, and some concepts that are not deemed important would later anchor the story of the film moving forward.
Earlier this year, Derrickson stepped down as the director of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness , which is the direct sequel to this film. Even so, fans are happy to know that there are no hard feelings between him and the studio, citing his description of working on the film is his most rewarding experience.
One of the unique aspects of Doctor Strange is the final battle in Hong Kong. The scene of having the heroes fight the villains while the city in the background is fixing itself in reverse is one of the visually stunning concepts that Marvel Studios has ever done.
Moreover, knowing the fact that the extras during the Hong Kong fight scene are all holding perfectly still is mind blowing. Now, that's great acting!
Huge props to Doctor Strange screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who wrote the final confrontation between Dormammu and Doctor Strange. His out-of-the-box idea of giving an endless loop as torture to the villain is one of the most creative MCU climactic scenes there is.
It is no question that every MCU film is worth taking a rewatch, and interesting reveals like these make it worthwhile. There's no telling what else could be in store for the character in the film's sequel. Given the recent news that the Doctor Strange sequel is moving ahead with its production schedule , the studio has a little more time to think about the next step for the character as they continue to set up the future of the MCU.