what Doctor strange, Do Anthony Bourdain and Indiana Jones have in common? Well, writer Michael Waldron, of course.
Waldron, writer on Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was inspired by the fictional Indiana Jones and the real itinerant chef Anthony Bourdain. And how does that inspiration translate into Marvel? He explains his reasoning in a recent interview with Vanity Fair.
“I turned to [travel documentarian and chef] Anthony Bourdain, ”says Waldron. “Strange is an elitist as a neurosurgeon and wizard. Anthony Bourdain was a man of the people, but there was this intense intellect. You always felt like he could gut anyone with his words at any time. But still, Antoine Bourdain never really depressed. It was the first ingredient in Doctor Strange’s stew.
Bourdain was a globetrotting chef who documented his travels on blockbuster TV shows No reservations, and Unknown parts. He stayed away from the mainstream. Eating local food and engaging with the locals was his hallmark. In 2018, he passed away at the age of 62.
Waldron then explains how Indiana Jones influenced Dr. Strange’s characterization.
“He’s Indiana Jones in a coat for me,” says Waldron. “He’s a hero who can take a punch. That’s what made these Harrison Ford heroes so awesome. These guys get their asses kicked. Watch Stephen Strange in the first movie. He gets really beat up but he’s very capable and everything. I can tell you it’s a trick… very Sam Raimi. The film is incredibly visually captivating. John Mathieson, our DP, who shot Gladiator and Logan, I think his appearance will be unlike anything you’ve seen in the MCU before.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is supposed to shape the future of the MCU. Waldron shapes the look of TIME for the MCU, and it seems his work takes inspiration from fascinating places.
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