The most common knock against Marvel’s cinematic universe: All their movies look the same. In a mega-franchise spanning 14 films and counting, that look can get pretty stale. For the most part, these movies about bravery are pretty timid when it comes to visual storytelling.
We’re just a couple of weeks away from the release of Doctor Strange, which adds a new, mystical layer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with all sorts of wild concepts like transcending astral planes and traveling between dimensions. It’s a lot to take in, especially for the titular character, an arrogant surgeon who — as you can see in these new clips — has a tendency to be quite stubborn.
Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange has an incredibly stacked cast, from Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role to recognizable names and faces like Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor also starring. In case you forgot, Rachel McAdams, yes that Rachel McAdams, is also in the movie in a supporting role. She’s been in a poster and a few seconds of a trailer, and that’s just about it, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about what her role actually is. Most of the consensus is that she’s Night Nurse, or a version of Night Nurse, a character in the comics who’s a very important part of the Doctor Strange: The Oath series. McAdams appears in scrubs and is said to be a surgeon at the hospital Strange works at, so it’s not too much of a stretch. Marvel has been characteristically cagey about who Rachel McAdams is playing, but today they’re saying fans shouldn’t get their Night Nurse hopes up.
Like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man before it, Doctor Strange is kind of a wild card in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the titular hero doesn’t have the same name recognition among general audiences as, say, Captain America. But Marvel is using that to their advantage and taking some bolder creative risks with the Sorcerer Supreme’s solo outing. At a special preview event, the studio screened 15 dizzying minutes of IMAX footage from the upcoming film, and it’s far weirder and wilder than those trailers are letting on.
The identity of Mads Mikkelsen’s mysterious villain in Doctor Strange has been the subject of much speculation, with fans assuming the former Hannibal star is either playing classic comic baddies like Dormammu or Nightmare. Those would be good guesses, but they’re both incorrect — it turns out Mikkelsen is playing an antagonist most people have never even heard of before, but one that might make for a much more interesting story.
As promised last week, the first trailer for Doctor Strange has arrived to tease a more mystical, psychedelic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following its debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the trailer is now online and offers our first real look at Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular Sorcerer Supreme in action — along with the debut of Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One.
At this point, we know who pretty much all the main players are in Doctor Strange, save for a few minor details — although Mads Mikkelsen’s casting was finally confirmed today, all Marvel will let on is that he’s playing the main villain, and the studio is being similarly coy about Rachel McAdams’ role. While many have speculated that the actress is playing Night Nurse, new details on her part in Doctor Strange suggest that’s not entirely accurate, or perhaps not even accurate at all.
Production has officially begun on Marvel’s Doctor Strange, with director Scott Derrickson at the helm and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme in what promises to be a truly unique and, well, strange offering from the MCU. Marvel has formally announced the start of production and confirmed the central cast, including former Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen, who had previously been in talks for a role.
Over the summer, Daredevil Season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight revealed that Rosario Dawson’s character on the series wasn’t allowed to go by the name Night Nurse because Marvel executives had plans for the character in a feature film — that film, as many speculated, is likely Doctor Strange, as Night Nurse has a history with the Sorcerer Supreme. And as it turns out, not only may that speculation have been quite correct, but this might be who Rachel McAdams is playing in the upcoming film.
Doctor Strange already boasts an impressive cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but Marvel isn’t ready to stop there. In addition to those three Oscar-nominees (with Swinton winning for her role in Michael Clayton), they have also reportedly offered Rachel McAdams a role in the upcoming superhero film.