When Scott Derrickson was announced as the director of Doctor Strange, it surprised many fans. His résumé features a litany of horror, having written and/or directed The Excorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil, and more. It should not come as much of a surprise, then, that there will be some horror in Doctor Strange. In the pages of the comics, the character does face off against extra-dimensional demons and demi-gods.
Actor Scott Adkins, who plays an as-yet-unrevealed character assumed to be a villain in the film, confirmed as much in a recent interview. "This is going to show that other dimension side [of the Marvel Cinematic Universe]," he told HuffPo. "I'm sure Scott Derrickson's going to bring some of his horror element into it as well. It's gonna be a different version of a Marvel comic."
Adkins praised that element, and that Marvel Studios is willing to take a risk with each film, and how different each is, from Captain America: Winter Soldier to Guardians of the Galaxy to The Avengers.
"What's great about Marvel is they don't just make superhero movies. They make a different genre out of a different superhero film," Adkins said. "Whether it's a thriller, a straight-up action movie or political thriller, they're likely to choose a different genre for different heroes, and we're gonna see some psychedelic stuff in this one. Very exciting."
Adkins said star Benedict Cumberbatch needed a little help with the fighting aspect of his character that Adkins is known for, joking "he tried his damnedest" and called Cumberbatch and Mads Mikkelsen "fantastic actors." Adkins had a previous role with Marvel that was cut from the initial script, which he said he was glad at least put him on their radar.