Dr Strange - Review
Introducing magic into the already epic Marvel Universe has to be a high risk move, but you know what they say...high risk = high reward. And with that, Marvel smashes yet another 'stand alone' movie out of the park with the introduction of one of the coolest superheroes yet - Dr Strange.
Dr Stephen Strange is a world renowned surgeon until the day he's seriously hurt in a car accident and his hands are damaged beyond repair. Not ideal for a surgeon - If only he could of completed his own surgery. This however, is where the adventure begins. As Dr Strange seeks out non-traditional medicines and healing to help him resume his once brilliant surgical career.
It's not long before Dr Strange finds himself in Nepal where a mysterious organisation headed by 'The Ancient One' (Tilda Swinton) takes him in and starts to teach him the ways of spiritual enlightenment, empowerment and for lack of a better word, MAGIC!
Though with great power comes great responsibility... wait, that's a different movie. When you have great power, there is always someone or thing that wants to take that from you. This is where Dr Strange introduces fan favourite Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, a once up and coming disciple of the Ancient One who turns to the dark art of magic. Yes, just imagine Hannibal meeting Sherlock - it's everything you would imagine.
There was a time in the superhero movie-land where origin stories were painful and over told. Though with Dr Strange it's just what's needed. We, the audience need to understand how magic works, it's strengths, weaknesses and limits. And for most people Dr Strange will be a fairly unknown character. By the end of this two hour movie you'll be very clear as to where Dr Strange fits into the wider Marvel universe, the extent of his powers and the role he's likely to play going forward. I could ever see Dr Strange taking more of an Iron Man esque lead in the future. He who wields the goatee, holds the power.
I really can't reiterate enough how hard introducing magic into this already successful universe must have been. You only have to look at the disaster that was Suicide Squad to see what happens when magic isn't introduced properly. Never-the-less this movie is not only a fantastic story but also a treat visually - think Inception meets Hogwarts as Dr Strange and Co. twist time and use magical artefacts to defend this realm and others.
I honestly can't wait for the day when we have Iron Man, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Star-Lord and Dr Strange all on the same screen together. The banter and quips between these characters will be worth the price of admission alone.
Everything about Dr Strange's adventure is thoroughly engrossing, well thought-out and highly considered in the wider marvel-verse.
Post credit scenes
Like all the Marvel movies to date, we had a couple of great post-credit scenes again. I've only really included them here in case you skipped out of the cinema early. First of all it looks like Dr Strange may be in Thor Ragnarok. Dr Strange met with Thor and offered his help to track down friend Loki - Fantastic!
And secondly, it looks like Chiwetel Ejiofor's character will become the super-villain Baron Mordo! Again, another perfect setup for future Marvel movies and Dr Strange standalone movies.
The next movies to launch in Marvel's 2017 strategic plan include:
- Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol 2 | May 2017
- Spider-man - Homecoming | July 2017
- Thor - Ragnarok | November 2017
And the list doesn't end there! Marvel's current plan takes us through to 2020 and beyond.
Dr Strange - Official Trailer 2
This might just be one of the best Marvel character introductions yet!
- Benedict Cumberbatch, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor - what a cast!
- The incredible special effects and cinematography used to not only bring magic to the big screen but warp time and reality.
- Marvel's perfect blend of modern-day humour and banter.
- The Cloak of Levitation, which is basically a character in itself.
- The perfect introduction of magic to the Marvel Universe.
- Did I mention Benedict Cumberbatch enough? He's awesome.