Benedict Cumberbatch visits comic shop as Doctor Strange, but this OTHER set photo is WTF
Over the weekend, the cast and crew of Marvel’s Doctor Strange were filming on location in New York City. A cursory Google search will give you more photos of Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo), and Mads Mikkelsen (unknown villain) than you can shake an enchanted stick at. Whatever they were filming involved lots of action and extras and the paparazzi was on hand to capture it all.
It was also the final weekend of principal photography. Director Scott Derrickson and the cast celebrated wrapping things up with a visit to a local NYC comic book store. The result? This adorable photo op of Cumberbatch posing with a DOCTOR STRANGE comic.
I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t initially on board with Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange. But these photos have gone a long way to remedying my reservations. He looks good in the cape. Ejiofor looks good in his costume, Even Mikkelsen’s crazy eyes look good. We don’t have access to the paparazzi photos but do yourself a favor and look them up!
But while I was searching through every official Twitter account I could find trying to get more photos to share, I came across something disheartening. A photo of Derrickson thanking the Nepal Doctor Strange crew. A sweet gesture to be sure! Yet looking at the image, there is a glaring oversight. Women. There isn’t a single one to be found.
That’s not to say there weren’t women on the crew of Doctor Strange. Surely they’re around somewhere. But their lack of visibility is yet another reminder of the appalling statistics Hollywood has with women both in front of and behind the camera. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film:
In 2015, women accounted for 9% of directors, up 2 percentage points from 2014 but even with the figure from 1998. In other roles, women comprised 11% of writers, 26% of producers, 20% of executive producers, 22% of editors, and 6% of cinematographers.
Of course, it’s one thing to read the numbers. It’s another thing to see the reality staring you in the face from a black-and-white Twitter image. We can’t go back in time and add more female camera operators, grips, and other key staff to the filming of Doctor Strange. But we can implore future films to take a look at their crew list to avoid this happening again.
Do better, y’all.
Doctor Strange opens on November 4, 2016.