This post was originally published on my other site, NewToComics.com, but has been moved back to fit in with my MCU review series – if you’re a fan of (or want to be a fan of) comic-books, check it out!
Doctor Strange is without a doubt one of my favourite Marvel Comics characters, with one of my favourite (if not the favourite) comic books being Doctor Strange: The Oath, which some parts of Marvel’s resident Sorcerer Supreme’s MCU debut were based on. Surprisingly, though, this isn’t the first time Doctor Strange has appeared in cinematic form. If you want to check out of a review of the 1978 Doctor Strange movie, I wrote one for VultureHound some months back.
Anyway, here’s another post from the NewToComics vault, repurposed for my Moungabio Movies Marvel Marathon (check out that alliteration – this was meant to be!), 2016’s Doctor Strange.
RELEASED: 24th October 2016
DIRECTED BY: Scott Derrickson
WRITTEN BY: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill & Jon Spaits
PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige
STARRING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen & Tilda Swinton
Doctor Strange follows arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) after an accident leaves him unable to continue his work. Broken and desperate, Strange travels to Kamar-Taj, where he becomes a disciple of the Ancient One (Swinton), Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. As Strange quickly becomes adept in the mystic arts, he is drawn into confrontation with a sect of rogue Sorcerers lead by Kaecilius (Mikkelsen), who seeks to merge the planet Earth with the Dark Dimension.
As the first true exploration of magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange is a visually striking film, with a look quite unlike anything we’ve seen before in the superhero genre. From the Inception-like bending of reality to the various spells and energy weapons summoned by the sorcerers, the film really is a treat through the eyes. The now-famous scene of Strange being hurled through the multiverse is utterly spectacular, both for invoking the Doctor Strange mythos so poignantly and for being such a mind-bending romp.