When the 2017 Oscar nominations are announced, there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” recognized in the category of Best Visual Effects. After all, this film about parallel dimensions is generating major buzz in the industry for its groundbreaking CGI. “Every set piece is an attempt to give audiences visuals and sequences in ways that we haven’t seen them done before,” notes director Scott Derrickson in Marvel’s new video featurette (watch above).
Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the title character, teases, “The comics are very, very out there and we’ve pushed it with how we’ve filmed this.” A recent Oscar nominee for “The Imitation Game” (2014) and an Emmy winner for “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (2014), Cumberbatch is no stranger to CGI as he did the voice and motion-capture work for Smaug in the recent “The Hobbit” film franchise.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been nominated six times at the Oscars for Best Visual Effects: “Iron Man” (2008), “Iron Man 2” (2010), “The Avengers” (2012), “Iron Man 3” (2013), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014) and “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014). Will “Doctor Strange” be the first MCU champion in this race?
Marvel Studios will release “Doctor Strange” in theaters November 4. Joining Cumberbatch in the all-star cast are Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. Discuss this film in our forums or in the comments section below.