We have our first look at the upcoming mystical Doctor Strange, slated for an end of year release and it looks… trippy, very much an origin story for Steven Strange – a former successful but arrogant surgeon, who after an accident goes on a journey to find a cure to fix his now crippled hands and eventually becomes the sorcerer supreme. It seems like a pretty different type of Marvel story with almost the reverse of Tony Starks origin in becoming Iron Man as Steven Strange, famous, professionally successful and feeling invincible loses everything and goes soul searching, eventually becoming Doctor Strange, going from having everything to nothing but really finding himself in magic. I think just that sort of thematic through line generally is great and just on paper it makes for a great story.
First of all, Benedict Cumberbatch looks great in the role and I fully buy him as Strange and it’s interesting that we see him pre-hero phase and as actual Dr Strange all in the one teaser trailer but importantly we’re teased a fair bit but still don’t know everything. We also see several scenes reference the reality and mind bending features we’ll be seeing in the story (Inception anyone?). City scapes being mirrored, astral projection, just a day in the life of the sorcerer supreme. We see Strange with Baron Mordo (his arch villain from the comics), seemingly friends in the film and it appears that they work and train together, learning from the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and this is how Strange gets into the magic arts/mysticism.
Doctor Stranges’ world opens up a whole world of characters, magic and other things that will probably look pretty spectacular on the big screen and I love that we’re getting to really devel into the straight up magical and mystical side of Marvel with this story and I’m excited to see what comes up. Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One is an uh…. interesting choice and I wonder how that will play out but I think it could work. The cast on the whole is fantastic with Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen so I think we’ll be in for a treat.
Overall I’m intrigued, I’ve been looking forward to the film for a while and this first glimpse at the film has gotten me even more interested, I think Cumberbatch will nail it as Strange and I think it’s great the character’s finally coming into the MCU and getting his own solo film.