Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson may not be a huge fan of the media, presumably the members of it tracking his upcoming Marvel film, but he’s not opposed to throwing a bone directly to the fans. In this case, it’s an image from the comics that might suggest where his film is looking for inspiration:
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 3, 2014
That image is from Doctor Strange: Into Shamballa, a fairly unique graphic novel by J.M. DeMatteis and Dan Green. It’s probably too thoughtful and unorthdox to be molded into movie form, but remember, Marvel doesn’t do straight adaptations for its films.
IGN suggests that taking elements from Into Shamballa could result in a story that allows audienced to learn something about Stephen Strange without doing an outright origin story, something that Marvel supposedly wants to avoid. Or it could just be that Derrickson is using the book to set the mood for the film’s story in general, which wouldn’t be a bad move, as Green’s art is fantastic.
What we’re really waiting for right now is a casting announcement. Reports last week had Benedict Cumberbatch agreeing to take on the role, but no announcement yet means the deal isn’t done.
All we know for now is that Derrickson is getting to work and that Doctor Strange is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016.