'Doctor Strange' Is "Marvel's 'Fantasia'," Says Cinematographer

Does this make Benedict Cumberbatch the Sorcerer Supreme's Apprentice?
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Perhaps we shouldn't expect dancing elephants or mops that can move by themselves, but Doctor Strange will have more in common with Disney's 1940s musical Fantasia than audiences might expect, according to the movie's cinematographer.

The comparison was made by Ben Davis, who also worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, during a presentation at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on Tuesday.

"Most of the work within it is about other dimensions," he told the audience, according to Screen Daily. Davis said the movie had "a very psychedelic grounding" and wasn't a typical Marvel action movie. "I described it, I think, when I was talking to Marvel as Marvel’s Fantasia, in a way, because it’s so sort of out there and different to everything else that they’ve done," he said.

The look of the movie is "all very out there," he went on to say. The pre-visualization process is "very hard -- you look at it and you see the imagery that they've created for it and you think, 'Well, how the hell do we shoot that!?' because it's all sort of Escher stuff," he explained, referring to the work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher, famous for his impossible illustrations and visual paradoxes.

Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the eponymous Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange is scheduled to open Nov. 4.

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