The Strange side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange is a Marvel movie hitting the big screen in the latter half of 2016, helping to expand the spiritual and magic side of their ever-expanding Universe.
An egotistical and unlikable neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange is involved in a car crash and limits the use of his hands, the most important tools for his job. He locates the Ancient One, also known as the Sorcerer Supreme, and practically begs for help fixing his hands so he can continue doing what he loves. The Ancient One refused because Strange was too selfish but he saw a good side in him. Strange stopped the Ancient One’s disciple, Baron Mordo, killing the old man and is offered the chance to become his new apprentice.
Mordo and Strange soon become enemies as the Ancient One continues to teach him the mystic arts. After completing his training, Strange returns to New York and lives in a townhouse guarded by his personal servant, Wong.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the title role, much to the delight of the ‘Bumberbitches’, his mad bunch of fans! Comic book fans seem to have accepted Cumberbatch as the Doctor too, even before seeing him in the role. At the D23 convention, Cumberbatch was in a video describing the contents of the movie as “mind-bending weirdness”.
Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil, has been announced and confirmed as the director of the movie! Since he’s traditionally a horror director it seems as if Marvel will be trying something new and truly expanding into a genre we haven’t seen from them, yet. Hopefully we get a completely different experience as we did from Ant-Man, which is a great film, but diversity could help the Marvel Universe rake in even more cash!
Rachel McAdams recently confirmed she will be playing the leading female role opposite Cumberbatch, though she didn’t release any information as to who she will be playing, so any “information” floating about online is purely speculation at this point. McAdams played a great role in movies such as The Notebook and Southpaw so we’re sure her character in Doctor Strange is in good hands.
Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia, The Grand Budapest Hotel) has been confirmed and expressed her excitement to play The Ancient One, though she’s unsure whether she’ll play a male or female. She is an extremely talented actress and looks fairly androgynous so could pull off a male version rather easily! Of course this is a change from the comics, but we welcome her with open arms as she’s never let us down before.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) will play Baron Mordo, The Ancient One’s first disciple. We don’t think he will turn into a fully-blown villain in the first movie, they could show a bit of friction between Mordo and Strange and tease a future conflict, leaving the main villain role for Dormammu (see below).
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) has been linked to the movie, rumoured to be courted by the bosses over at Marvel. Mikkelsen has proven that he can play a complex and calculated villain, notably in Casino Royale, so you can fully expect him to play Strange’s nemesis, Dormammu. Strange and Dormammu have a rich history of conflict in the comics so it’s a realistic prospect.
In Ant-Man, we saw Scott Lang journey through the Quantum Realm as he went sub-atomic, this realm could well be ventured into again in multiple upcoming Marvel movies. It’d make sense for it to appear in Doctor Strange and possibly in Infinity War too! We can’t wait to see the Cinematic Universe’s version of the Comic’s Microverse. The prospect of the Avengers accessing places that don’t exist to others is almost too exciting!
Are you looking forward to seeing Doctor Strange on the big screen in 2016? Let us know!