In my very humble and fangirling opinion, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is essentially a documentary about everyone finally realizing that a world where Benedict Cumberbatch exists is truly magical. Patton Oswalt has a slightly different take on the movie.
Doctor Strange is a Marvel comic about a podiatrist who hooks up with women when he’s out of town at conventions.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 13, 2016
In all actuality, it’s neither of these things (and both of these things)! Here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it already.
Forget everything you know about superhero movies and be prepared for the magic that Doctor Strange is going to make onscreen. I don’t just mean his actual magic either because this isn’t just going to be your average action packed movie with superhero shenanigans mixed in for bigger visual effects. We are seeing breadcrumbs of what looks like an exploration of alternate universes and dimensions.
The MCU isn’t just all cool, expensive techie gear and science experiments gone bad anymore, Stephen Strange promises to be going far more cerebral than his predecessors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In an interview with USA Today, director Scott Derrickson says he wants to capture the psychedelic roots of the 1960’s comic books.
[Back] where it was all about mind expansion and doors of perception and seeing things from a new perspective. We get to go with Stephen Strange through his experience of the new, and hopefully it’ll give audiences something that’s new for them as viewers.
Doctor Strange will explore the origin story of Doctor Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a brilliant surgeon who gets in a tragic car accident that damages nerves in his hands to the point that he cannot perform surgery. No weird chemical spills or radioactive insects, he’s just a man with an ego who has lost his livelihood and passion. Strange takes to the Himalayas studying mystic arts from a person known only as Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton.
Stephen Strange’s journey not only treats audiences to Cumberbatch’s American accent, but it will also bring them through the process of Strange encountering magic for the first time and his gradual acceptance of it. Cumberbatch assures that Strange’s acceptance wasn’t an easy one.
He’s like, ‘Whaaat?’ He’s not like, ‘OK, cool, I’m in.’ He’s not swallowing the Kool-Aid straight away. But it’s wonderful the way it’s explained to him, because it’s a hell of an explanation and just visually it’s going to be a riot for audiences.
Are you excited about the addition of Doctor Strange and magic into the MCU? What villains do you think Stephen Strange will dig out of the woodwork? Tell us what you think in the comments!