As the resident comic book aficionado, I will admit that my knowledge of Stephen Strange is limited to the basics. But for all of us, the basics are a great place to start as we will be introduced to this character over the next few months, courtesy of Marvel Studios.
During ‘Marvel Week’ on Jimmy Kimmel, Dr. Strange himself (Benedict Cumberbatch) debuted the first teaser trailer for the newest member of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We get a small glimpse of the feel that director Scott Derrickson will be bringing to the Sorcerer Supreme. One can’t help but see a little of The Matrix or Inception within the visuals of the trailer, though that fits the world of Dr. Strange perfectly. Just as Thor brought us into the world of Asgard, Dr. Strange will look to bring another dynamic of magic to the MCU.
One of the most prominent surgeon’s in the world, Stephen Strange reached a point where saving lives depended on whether or not the patient could afford him. Luxury surpassed compassion, until an accident takes everything away from him. As a result, Stephen Strange finds himself at rock bottom and, after using up all of his resources, he travels to the furthest and most remote place in the world in search for a cure. His journey brings him to the Ancient One, a mysterious sage who teaches him that all he has ever believed in is nothing more than a self-centered lie. Here, his life is changed forever as he learns of a faith in something beyond what we can see and the reality of the spiritual. He then trains in the ancient arts to understand it, but also to fight the dark forces within the spiritual realm.
“There are other ways to save lives” Ancient One (Tilda Swinton)
From the looks of the trailer, Cumberbatch and Derrickson seek to bring this remarkable story of a man who had everything and then loses it all in a stunning and emotional way. The film should and will likely be the spiritual journey of a character that is not as well-known as Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man or Thor, but he will bring a new and interesting element to the MCU. Marvel has tackled the “magic” aspect of Asgard, but Strange will touch a more spiritual route and it will be interesting to see how it comes about in the film. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Dr. Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton , Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Scott Derrickson it will hit theatres on November 4, 2016.