Let’s get strange, baby – today’s episode of the Movie Quest podcast focuses on 2016’s Doctor Strange!

I’m not sure whether I’m shocked or not, but (SPOILER) this was Julianne’s favorite MCU film so far, and she rated it an astounding 9.5 Cummerbunds! In addition to this rating, Julianne and I ask critical questions like:

  • Was Joaquin Phoenix almost cast ad Dr. Strange?
  • Was the role of The Ancient One whitewashed when they cast Tilda Swinton?
  • What’s the deal with Stephen and Christine?
  • What is the Mirror World?
  • Is Dormammu a dragon?

It would seem that Julianne’s only criticism of the film is that they didn’t show Dr. Strange bargaining with Dormammu enough – Apparently she wanted truly endless loops. YA HEAR THAT, DERRICKSON!?!?

Let’s have a look at the very first trailer for the film – strangely, it seems that it premiered on Jimmy Kimmel? Nevertheless, it’s kickass (that narration from Swinton!) – roll it!

And now, on to episode 16 of the podcast!

A few random tidbits I found interesting from IMDB:

  • Director Scott Derrickson is a big fan of Doctor Strange, and spent his own money on a concept video he pitched to Marvel so that he could get the job of directing the film.
  • Rachel McAdams’ startled reaction in the broom closet was genuine, since the mop handle fell completely by accident, and scared McAdams almost out of her skin. Scott Derrickson decided to keep the reaction in the film, since she never broke character.
  • Scott Derrickson admitted that the MCU films dedicate little time to developing antagonists, so he just hoped to show Kaecilius’s point of view, describing the character as a “villain of ideas with watertight logic,” like John Doe from Se7en (1995).
  • The first building-bending battle between Kaecilius and The Ancient One was filmed on the road Great Scotland Yard in Central London. Opposite the end of the street (but not visible during the scene) is the Sherlock Holmes pub on Northumberland Avenue.
  • Jessica Chastain was originally approached for the role of Dr. Christine Palmer before the casting of Rachel McAdams, but turned down the offer due to her insistence on portraying a character with superpowers. Chastain was previously considered for Maya Hansen and Hope van Dyne in Iron Man 3 (2013) and Ant-Man (2015) respectively.

That’s for reading and listening!

We are SO CLOSE to wrapping up Phase 3 of the MCU – next up in our series is one of my all-time favorites: Taikia Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok. Keep an eye peeled for more dumb stuff right here at Nerd-Nexus.com and even dumber stuff on social media at @Nerd.Nexus on Instagram and at @NerdNexus on Twitter.

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