– by Joseph Jammer Medina

As lighthearted and (dare I say) silly the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been, they’ve done an amazing job of grounding their films with some semblance of realism. Iron Man is technology-based (even if it is far too advanced for its time), GUARDIANS is set in space, so there are virtually no limits to what we can see in those films, and even Thor mentioned in his first standalone film that in his world, magic and science are one and the same. As ridiculous as things got sometimes, they tended to have some sort of basis in reality.

It’s with that in mind that we’re going into DOCTOR STRANGE, the next film in the MCU, and the first flick to go into the supernatural and mystical. Many have wondered whether or not the pseudoscience inherent in these Marvel films would continue for DOCTOR STRANGE. It’s easy enough to explain away some of the Asgardian stuff as otherworldly, but as STRANGE takes place on Earth, it’s not so easy to do so.

So will Marvel even bother doing so? At this year’s SDCC, Games Radar caught up with director Scott Derrickson and asked him that very question. Here’s what he had to say:

“Magic is magic in this movie. It’s not something that’s explained away scientifically. It’s not something that’s easy to define. As magic should be. Magic should be mysterious. There’s mystery to magic and there’s mystery to the tone of the movie. Mystery is a good thing.”

Keep in mind, this is only the word of the director of the first DOCTOR STRANGE film, so there’s always room for Marvel to explain magic down the line, but for the time being, Derrickson is letting magic be magic. There is definitely a case to be made in favor of this. We all remember how mysterious and wonderful the Force was in STAR WARS, and fans have derided George Lucas for taking that away from them with the Midi-Chlorians explanation in THE PHANTOM MENACE.

What do you think? Is it a good thing that they won’t be attempting to explain away the mysticism in DOCTOR STRANGE, or do you think that would take away from the mostly grounded nature of the universe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

DOCTOR STRANGE hits theaters on November 4, 2016.

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SOURCE: Games Radar

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.