Dr Strange - The prelude to Avengers: Infinity War and probably so much more

CY’s Superhero Feature of the month is the fabulous Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange.

The third trailer for Doctor Strange has been released by Marvel Studios. As unimpressed as we’ve been with Strange to date, we have to admit we’re beginning to turn around the closer we get to release, with that ridiculous/hilarious Mads Mikkelsen/Cumberbatch exchange above helping out considerably. Dammit. We’re going to actually really enjoy this, aren’t we?

The trailer gives a clear picture about Mads Mikkelsen’s villainous Kaecilius and just how interesting Dr. Strange’s or Benedict Cumberbatch, transformation into Sorcerer Supreme will really be.

The previews we’ve seen of the film—which also stars Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor—have exposed picturization more evocative from Nolan’s Inception and even the Harry Potter films that came later, than Marvel’s usual fare. In the comics, The Ancient One is a 500-year-old Asian man who lived in seclusion in the Himalayas. Tilda Swinton plays him in the Marvel movie.

In the film, the Eye of Agomotto gives off a green aura and has the ability to “screw around with time,” which Marvel producer Kevin Feige said during a recent press visit to the Doctor Strange set. In the comics, the Time Gem (they were called “Gems” instead of “Stones” in the comics) was orange, but the Marvel films have consistently rewritten and re-coloured its Infinity Stones, probably to keep fans from being spoiled by 20-year-old comic books.

Though the Avengers are referred, which explains how strong superheroes are dissimilar from the magical Doctor within this preview, and in a arid exchange between Kaecilius and Strange, there’s a dose of one of the best essentials of Marvel Universe films, the occasional inoculation of humours scene into the chaos.

Doctor Strange is telling the tale of a brilliant yet snobbish neurosurgeon who after losing his occupation due to an injury is drawn in the surreal world of reality-bending magic.

Dr. Stephen Strange’s life transforms perpetually after a terrible road mishap that robs him the use of his limbs. When the conventional medical system fails to cure him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a strange place – a mysterious commune named as Kamar-Taj. He soon realises that this isn’t a therapeutic centre but is actually a front line of a war in opposition to supernatural evil forces striving to destroy our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is required to decide whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. He learns that he is in a position to partake in protecting the planet from frightening forces beyond human intellect.


Doctor Strange warps realities in theaters on November 4, 2016.

Cover Graphic : Ketul Gamit

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