With the eminent arrival of the Doctor Strange we explain why you should be excited for this film.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.
Created by Steve Ditko, Dr. Stephen Strange was an egotistical surgeon who suffered irreparable damage to his hands in a car accident, ending his career. Searching for a cure for his damaged hands he encounters ‘The Ancient One’ (Tilda Swinton will be playing presumably a female version of this character) in the Himalayas who at first is reluctant to cure Strange’s condition but offers to teach him in mysticism. Strange originally refuses this offer. However, Strange then discovers Baron Mordo (Ejiofor) trying to kill the Ancient One and Mordo responds by placing restraining spells that kept Strange from warning the Ancient One or attacking Mordo physically. Strange, finding some inner goodness decides the only way to help the Ancient One is to accept his invitation to become his apprentice. The Ancient One removes the restraints on Strange and informs him that he was well aware of Mordo’s attempts all along and begins training Stephen Strange. Mordo leaves the Ancient One to seek greater power and becomes a recurrent adversary of Doctor Strange in the comics.
After completing his training, Strange returned to New York to live in the mansion, known as the Sanctum Sanctorum, which happens to reside in an area with a high concentration of mystical forces. Strange was joined at the Sanctum Sancorum by Wong (played by Benedict Wong in the upcoming film), the latest in a bloodline that had served the ancient one, who had become his servant and friend.
Now, why should you be excited for this?
Didn’t you just read that? If you’re not excited already I don’t know what’s wrong with you. But if you weren’t convinced with that here’s a few more reasons to check out the trailer next week. Doctor Strange is a fascinating character, a little similar to Tony Stark (awesome facial hair bros!) he’s an egotistical genius too but he’s totally out of this world, literally. He’s literally on other worlds. He’s immensely powerful and important in a way that the current slate of MCU heroes can only imagine. He’s basically the one tasked with protecting the earth from these mystical threats. Also, just look at that outfit!
A great cast
What a cast this is. Marvel have really outdone themselves here bringing in some really talented actors. Headed up by Cumberbatch with Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo plus Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen there’s some real talent here. Hat’s off to Marvel for convincing them all to join on, it must be a pretty decent script! Or they’re getting paid an obscene amount of money. Yeah, it’s probably that one. Even so, a lot of actors (at least the best ones) are often cautious of signing onto a big franchise as they often have to sign lengthly deals with potentially numerous films which stops them from pursuing their art or whatever. But who’d turn down all that money right? Anyway yeah, great cast.
Mysticism in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
So far in the MCU, everything we’ve seen (more or less) has been explained by science (sort of). Thor’s a god or alien or whatever and everyone else with super-hero abilities gained them through some sort of scientific experimentation. So it’s exciting that Marvel has finally after, what, a hundred or so films? is finally introducing some otherworldly aspect, which I’m all for. I really hope they go all the way with this, because there’s some really interesting stuff that happens in the Doctor Strange comics mainly involving other worlds and extra-dimensional forces, I dunno but it’s all pretty cool. I’m excited to see how this progresses the MCU as a whole. It’s a real game changer really. Like I said, everything so far, barring the infinity gems, are all based in some kind of science. Scarlet Witch, probably the most ‘magical’ person we’ve seen still has her powers derived from scientific experimentation. It’s going to be really refreshing to see an entirely different genre of film in the MCU. From the trailers, it certainly looks as though this is the way they’re going.
Some explanation of the workings of infinity gems?
Perhaps, but unlikely I would say. We’ve not been given an awful lot of background on the infinity gems, other than they’re supremely powerful objects scattered around the MCU. So it’ll be interesting to see if Marvel use Doctor Strange to introduce us to magic and mysticism to gear us up for Avengers: Infinity War which is likely to be the most cosmic, magic-based Marvel film we’ve had to date. Doctor Strange would be an ideal film to set the scene for this sort of thing and introduce us to the more magical aspects of the MCU. For example, the wearer of the infinity gauntlet, with all six gems, is basically God and can do anything and everything imaginable including wiping things from existence, restoring the dead back to life, time warping and other Godly things. I’m not sure they’ll make the gauntlet this powerful in Infinity War but Doctor Strange would be an ideal film to get us ready for a different kind of power in the MCU. It’s also been widely rumoured that Strange’s amulet the Eye of Agamotto is the time gem.
Shake-up of the MCU
The addition of Doctor Strange could be interesting for a number of our current heroes including Tony Stark, Captain America and co and he could really shake up the status quo if, as expected, he is introduced to the Avengers. Like I mentioned, he’s a supremely (pun intended) powerful genius and because of this he should become an integral figure for our heroes. Strange is sure to be a key character in the upcoming Infinity War because of this. In the comics he’s been a key member and ally of most of the Marvel team-ups including the Avengers and the Illuminati (a secret organisation of all the geniuses in the MCU, including Tony Stark, Beast and Reed Richards amongst others). I think his introduction to the MCU could cause a real shake-up and really expand the horizons of the MCU.
Could we get some more interesting villains here? Hopefully, as this may be a chance for Marvel to put aside their bad-guy formula (usually someone in some kind of suit similar to that of our hero) and give us something a bit ‘out-there’ for Cumberbatch’s Strange to deal with.
So all-in-all, I’m pretty excited for this, maybe more so than any other MCU film at the moment and I think you should all be too. Tune back on Tuesday or Wednesday when I’ll be posting my thoughts on the trailer!