The Marvel Cinematic Universe has come a long way since 2008 with the launch of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. With trilogies of solo Avengers, galactic battles in space, and all-star team ups, it’s time to gear up for Marvel’s new heroes for even more adventures and possibilities. Doctor Strange isn’t an unfamiliar face if you know comic books, but he is the hero that we have been looking for some time now.
Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. A brilliant neurosurgeon that loses the use of his hands in a horrible car accident, he pursues any method and expense he can to regain his ability to use his hands once more. After many failed procedures, he turns to a rumored spiritual healing process at Kamar-Taj. Here is where we are introduced to the sorcerer Mordo, and the all-powerful Ancient One who guides Strange to a new way of perceiving the world. When a rogue sorcerer named Kaecilius aims to bring the Dark Dimension to Earth, it’s up to Doctor Strange to use his new abilities to stop him.
Doctor Strange is one of Marvel’s biggest and most important characters in all of comic book history. With this character, we are introduced to the world of magic and other dimensions that lead to multiple universes and other beings from other worlds. Now that Strange is a part of the MCU, we are likely to expect all sorts of characters from around the galaxy and across space and time. While the rest of the MCU is gearing up for the final showdown between the Avengers and Thanos in Infinity War, Doctor Strange will have a vital role as far as what will happen afterwards to our heroes.
Besides how important this hero is to the rest of the MCU, the strongest part about Doctor Strange is Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the character. Strange goes through quite a heavy change in character throughout the movie; at first being an arrogant and rude neurosurgeon, to later becoming a powerful sorcerer that would give his life to save Earth. Cumberbatch is able to range his emotions, sarcastic attitude, and power through truly empowering acting that leaves us wanting even more of Strange. The supporting cast of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, both prove also to be well-fitted for their perspective roles, despite the initial criticism for changing the characteristics of the characters in the comics. Personally, I think The Ancient One provided much more depth to the character for being a woman.
For those who are strict about comic book movies staying tight to the source material,have no fear as Doctor Strange manages to capture some of the most enticing and memorable visual effects that comes straight from pages by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. As Strange begins to learn about his powers and the infinite possibilities that are beyond perception, he begins to explore the astral plane and other dimensions, including the infamous Dark Dimension that the villainous Dormammu lurks within. These sequences within the movies brings a whole new level of CGI and visually stimulating images. I imagine some of the visual effects would seem like being on the best(or worst) kind of acid trip you could possibly have. At one point Strange holds up his hand, and his fingers are growing hands, which are also growing hands. I do highly recommend going to see the film in 3D also, it was definitely worth the trippy experience.
While the MCU excels in all of their films and has truly succeeded at sharing movies together, the one aspect that they tend to fall short sometimes on are the villains. It seems that even though some amazing actors have portrayed some infamous villains over the years, they manage to stay in the same formula of shortly establishing a character and then falling flat. Mads Mikkelsen plays the dark Kaecilius, and while he looks pretty crazy and has some great action sequences with Cumberbatch, unfortunately his true potential of being a memorable villain sinks by the end. However, with the introduction of Dormammu in the Dark Dimension, we can probably say that he will be the big bad in the third chapter of Doctor Strange. I am also excited to see Mordo unfold into his new dark side after the events of the film.
Doctor Strange proved to be another successful hit for Marvel. Phase 3 has only just began but we are about to gain a bunch of new heroes like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and even more introduced in Infinity War. While we have to wait a little ways to see Strange team up with the rest of The Avengers, it is comforting to see a new side to the MCU that deals in the realm of magic and other dimensions. We were also given that the Time Stone lies with Strange now, so we are only missing one more Infinity Stone that Thanos is seeking. With some amazing and trippy visual effects, great action sequences, and a truly captivating story and performance with the entire cast, I’d say that Doctor Strange is one of my new favorite Marvel films.
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