Doctor Strange Director Talks MCU’s Problem With Villains


Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson recently spoke with IGN about the film, the villain played by Mads Mikkelsen and more:

On the problem with Marvel’s villains: “I think there’s some validity to that. What you have to do is you have to understand that you’ve got a limited amount of real estate; what can you do with that real estate that keeps them from being two-dimensional? In this case, I became very interested in Kaecilius’s point of view and what makes him tick because, in the end, the villains that I have loved in movies, it all comes back to their ideology, what’s their philosophy. What we do have is a villain who has a very cogent point of view. He’s a man of ideas, and the way he thinks and what he is motivated by has some merit, and it pushes the movie into some moral ambiguities, into some moral questions, that I think is really interesting.”

On Loki: “Loki becomes iconic through Thor 2 and through The Avengers. He’s very good in the first Thor movie, but I don’t think that in movie as itself he would have been remembered as an iconic villain.”

On his favorite villain scenes: “My two favorite villain scenes in terms of classic villains are probably John Doe in the back of the police car in Seven describing why he was doing what he was doing, because he was horrifyingly cogent and sensible. That was the scariest part of that movie to me, watching it going, ‘Oh s–t, he’s making sense! This can’t be! The world can’t be like this!’ And the Joker when he lays out his anarchistic philosophy to Harvey Dent. That’s my favorite scene in that movie.”