Bless Scott Derrickson.
He knows he didn’t make the most incredible Marvel movie of all time, but he doesn’t mind.
Unlike most filmmakers, it’s not about his vision. It’s about what you, the viewer, wants – and he’ll do everything in his power to give you what you desire.
At least, that’s what’s hinted at in his recent comments with ScreenRant, when he was asked about how the MCU might expand over time:
“I still have hope that Fantastic Four can be properly brought into the MCU because a lot of Doctor Strange – that’s the comment I read the most during that. I love those characters and I think that they still deserve another shot at finding a true home in the MCU. I still have hope for that.”
This is adorable!
Scott Derrickson keeps asking fans what they think about Doctor Strange so that he can know what to do better on the sequel.
He finds himself in message boards, Facebook groups, and on dumb rinky-dink news sites like this one. Heck, maybe he even braves the dreaded YouTube comments section to get a full, clear picture of what people thought of his movie.
What does he find? Constant, unwavering desperation among Marvel fans to see the Fantastic Four return to the fold, and appear in the MCU.
Derrickson was looking for Doctor Strange 2 hints, but instead, he finds himself exploring the one element of Marvel canon that fans want to see in the wider MCU.
And does Derrickson sit back and complain to himself that nobody cares about his movie? Of course not! He has a cause to champion! He’s going to give movie fans exactly what they want!
Except, of course, that he’s just one director. As much as he’d like to be a champion of the people, he can’t fight the mighty corporate machinations between Disney and Fox single-handedly.
But, as ineffectual as he might be, Derrickson won’t give up hope. One day, he reasons, the legal issues surrounding intellectual property will be unraveled, and in that day, he’ll be there to speak out on behalf of fanboys everywhere, and try to convince Kevin Feige to do whatever he can to snatch back Marvel’s First Family from the uncaring and mercenary forces of Twentieth Century Fox.
Or, alternatively, maybe Scott Derrickson just pulled something out of his butt as the answer to a question he’d not really given much thought to.
If so, that’s still completely relatable. We’ve all been there.
Either way, Doctor Strange 2 looks like a far more promising prospect as a result of this quote.