2016’s “Doctor Strange” continues to stand out from the rest of its peers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and not just because it’s one of the only superhero films to wrestle with heroes killing people, contains Michael Giacchino’s funky score, and spends time on that hilarious “Who’s on first?” routine when Strange first introduces himself to the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelson). Derrickson and Cargill’s film built a solid foundation for where other storytellers would take the character next, though it wouldn’t have been the same without Feige’s insistence on constantly making things new and, well, strange. According to Cargill:
“…with ‘Doctor Strange,’ I wrote drafts for nine months for a myriad of reasons. Never because it wasn’t good enough, but always because, ‘Can we make it better? Can we do this? Can we change this? We’ve got another film, that’s doing something similar. So can we do this?’ And it’s always trying to craft something that fit into its own space in the MCU, that wasn’t just a carbon copy of everything else.
And Marvel was fighting for that just as much as we were. I mean the greatest thing I can say about Marvel is every time we turn in a draft, Kevin Feige would be, ‘This is awesome. Can we make it weirder?’ And we’re like, ‘Yeah, we can make it weirder.'”
Even while acknowledging the realities of franchise filmmaking demands, it’s clear that Cargill bears no ill will towards the studio. In fact, anyone who’s been paying attention would say this recollection lines up perfectly with how Feige has encouraged filmmakers on other projects before, too.