What will Marvel's Doctor Strange have in common with Alan Moore's Watchmen?
If director Scott Derrickson can help it, Bob Dylan.
Derrickson isn't just a huge Dylan fan: the director wrote the foreword for the book Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life.
"Dylan has made it absolutely clear that he is a serious student of country, folk, blues, rock, gospel and every other kind of American music. That's just a fact," Uexpress once quoted the filmmaker as saying. "It's clear that he is fluent in the language and symbolism of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments....There has always been a sense of transcendence in his songs."
He's such a fan -- you can just Google "Scott Derrickson" and "Bob Dylan" together to see his Twitter history celebrating the singer and his catalog -- that it came up during a set visit attended by ComicBook.com during production of Doctor Strange.
"Oh, God. I hope so," Derrickson said when asked whether fans might hear some of Dylan's work in Doctor Strange. "That's my answer to everything. I hope there are Bob Dylan songs in every movie. We're looking at specific songs and, some of them, classic songs. We'll see. We'll see which ones we get, which ones we can afford and which ones we can get the rights to."
In Watchmen comics, some of the chapters were named after Bob Dylan lyrics, and Dylan appears on the soundtrack to Zack Snyder's 2009 film adaptation of the miniseries. The song over the closing credits to that film was "Desolation Row" by My Chemical Romance, a cover of a Dylan song. Jimi Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower," also a Dylan cover, appeared on the soundtrack as well, and that song was quoted in the Watchmen comics -- although the Hendrix version is more popular than Dylan's own, so there's probably some debate as to whether it would be "counted."
Doctor Strange, which will be in theaters in November, stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Derrickson, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister).
Marvel's Doctor Strange is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Doctor Strange arrives November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.