Though “Doctor Strange” isn’t in production yet, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was on-hand at D23 to give fans a taste of what’s to come.
After sharing a recorded video message from star Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange), who’s in London starring in a play, Feige showed the crowd concept art from the movie, while director Scott Derrickson explained the origin of Stephen Strange and how he attains his mystical powers.
The movie is keeping the origin story from the comics, in which Strange is the world’s top neurosurgeon. After a car accident leaves him unable to perform surgery thanks to damage to his hands, he loses everything before setting out on a quest to find a way to heal his injuries and return to his life.
On his journey he encounters the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who teaches him how to harness the mystic arts. While Swinton has previously said that it hasn’t been decided whether the Ancient One is male or female, she’s illustrated as a woman in the concept art.
The jewel of the concept art were images of Cumberbatch in costume for the movie, resembling Strange’s traditional caped look, but with darker tones. There were also draw ins of the dimensions he will visit, some of which were animated and resembled the world of “Inception,” with streets turning upside down.
“Doctor Strange” is in theaters Nov. 4, 2016.