How Doctor Strange's Cloak Is Important To The Film
Doctor Strange has been a mainstay in Marvel comics for generations, and his debut film this [...]
Doctor Strange has been a mainstay in Marvel comics for generations, and his debut film this November is looking to make him a household name around the world. Part of this process is the creative team behind the film nailing each and every aspect of the character.
The attitude of Stephen Strange seems to be a lock for Benedict Cumberbatch. He's got the smirk, he's got the wit, and his take on Sherlock Holmes shows he can handle an arrogant attitude.
Just as important to the Sorcerer Supreme as his attitude, his attire needs to be spot-on. The costume team has done an excellent job with the design, and Cumberbatch has become the spitting image of the comic character.
In particular, his cape looks phenomenal. This was important, not only because it's a key component of his style, but because it is vital to the film itself.
At a recent Q&A on the Doctor Strange film set, Marvel President Kevin Feige was asked about the importance of the cloak. He let the crowd know that the cloak was key in differentiating Strange from other superheroes, but it also may have a few hidden secrets that are revealed in the film. Take a look:
"Also, sorry, you should also talk to Alex. Alex has designed I think more red capes than anyone else and I swear and you can look at it, look at the inside of that too. It is always my fear that you put a red cape on somebody and I thought people think Thor was Superman for the longest time. She designed the original Thor cape. The red cape that goes over the shoulders on Thor and folds in the back. This cloak, the asymmetry to it, the design and the specificity of it is astounding. When you're designing something that is quite extreme in the comics and you see that color is not shy around his neck there you want to do justice to it and you also there's a reason these characters feel unique in the comics as well. You want to bring that to life and she has done that in amazing way.
The cloak, unlike Thor's cape or Superman's cape or Vision's cape, as you may recall from the comics, I wouldn't say has sentience but it's not just a piece of fabric. It helps Strange out in ways that other characters clothing has not."
The Alex Feige was referring to is actually Alexandra Byrne, a veteran costume designer for Marvel. She has designed costumes for Thor, The Avengers, Guardians of The Galaxy, and even won an Oscar for her work on Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Doctor Strange will hit US theaters on November 4, 2016, and will introduce fans to the world of magic in the MCU.
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