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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Marvel Studios really seems to want to differentiate DOCTOR STRANGE from the rest of their franchises. As much as the Marvel films differ from one another, they’re more than aware that audiences have come to expect a certain style and tone to their films. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR marks a significant milestone for the franchise, and if there ever was a time for them to start changing things up in the MCU, it would be after that film.

They’ve kept no secret regarding how trippy and mind-bendy DOCTOR STRANGE will be (yes, mind-bendy is a word. Google it), but those aren’t the only elements that will help to differentiate it from its predecessors.

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, DOCTOR STRANGE co-star Scott Adkins talked about another genre that would be rearing its head in the movie.

“This is going to show that other dimension side. I’m sure [director] 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.

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What’s great about Marvel is they don’t just make superhero movies. They make a different genre out of a different superhero film. 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.”

This very much goes in line with what Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has always said. As early as Phase 2, he discussed how important it was to diversify the genres of their Marvel films in attempt to prolong the lifespan of the superhero movie genre as a whole.

Either way, the fact that DOCTOR STRANGE is set to have horror elements isn’t exactly surprising. Not only is director Scott Derrickson well-versed in the genre (he’s made such films as SINISTER and DELIVER US FROM EVIL), but certain DOCTOR STRANGE comics also have mad horror elements to it (the Dracula issues definitely come to mind). I, for one, am down to see Marvel stretch its genre even more than it has in the past. In 2016, we’ve already had our fill of superhero flicks, so it’d be nice to go into something truly unique.

What are your thoughts on Adkins’ comments? Do you think horror fits the Doctor Strange character well? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Huffington Post

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.