When I found out Marvel was making Doctor Strange I was very critical.
When I found out Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Dr. Strange I was very critical. When I finally saw Doctor Strange my mind was blown and I learnt to stop questioning our Marvel overlords.
Doctor Strange centres on Dr. Steven Strange, the world’s greatest neurosurgeon.
His hands are his greatest treasure, and have earned him fame in the medical world, as well as an insanely big ego. On the way to a dinner made in his honour, Dr. Strange drives his flashy Lamborghini off a cliff, completely destroying his hands.
Following his accident he spirals into depression, eventually spending his last dollars on a plane ticket to Kathmandu in search of Eastern medicines to heal his broken body.
Well, guess what? He was in luck. Dr. Strange stumbles upon an ancient place, Kamar-Taj, where he meets The Ancient One, a wise Sorcerer who, after some convincing, decides to teach Strange magic and powers beyond his belief.
I’ll let the movie tell you the rest. Now on to the fun part.
Dr. Strange is by far the greatest display of CGI I have ever seen. Imagine Inception, all the cool graphics and bending cities. Times that by Tony Stark’s bank account, and you have Doctor Strange. From the very first scene we were exposed to the power of the sorcerers, the way they conjure weapons with their hands, manipulate time and space.
To put it simply: every time anything happened it looked absolutely incredible.
The only thing that annoyed me was that I couldn’t figure out how anyone could manage to create something so aesthetically pleasing.
There’s an incredible scene in the movie where The Ancient One explains the multiverse to Dr. Strange; she does so by flinging him from one universe to another.
The entire sequence feels like that trippy scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey crossed with iTunes visualizer. Sitting close to the screen and watching some of the graphics made me feel like the cinema was moving – really cool stuff – but if you get queasy easily maybe sit a couple rows back.
But how does Doctor Strange stack up against the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Well, if I created a list of my favourite Marvel films since 2008, I could make a fairly strong argument to place it in my top five, which is a pretty big call considering we’ve seen the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy (absolutely snubbed by the Oscars) and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I think Doctor Strange was exactly what MCU needed.
The way I see it, MCU operates on three different levels, with Doctor Strange taking his place on the third level. Level One is populated with Marvel’s local and non-super superheroes. That includes Luke Cage, Daredevil, Black Widow and Hawkeye. On Level Two we have our “definitely super but not quite there” superheroes. These include Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, The Hulk and Captain America. The third and final level, which will be integral to the fight against Thanos, are the “definitely super and OMG as if they can do that?!?” superheroes. These include Thor and Doctor Strange.
Having these heavyweights in the picture gives Marvel a great opportunity to branch out and take the narrative to a whole other universe, literally.
Not only does this mean more movies and TV shows for us, but it also means a greater variety of action so we’ll always be kept on our toes.
Unlike other Marvel movies I found that Doctor Strange was less about the villains and more about the origin story.
While Kaecilius was a pretty bad dude, he didn’t blow me out of the water. His plan felt pretty weak and poorly thought-out, while the even bigger villain, Dormammu, was too complex to comprehend in just one movie. Instead, Doctor Strange took more time explaining Kamar-taj, relics and setting up for Dr. Strange’s return in what I assume will be Avengers: Infinity War.
Also, as a complete side note, did anyone else think Dormammu looked oddly like Thanos?
Anyone who really knows comic books might think I’m an absolute idiot but might there be a relation there? Hmm, time will tell…
Anyway, Doctor Strange is a really fun and exciting movie. Even if you’re not massively into Marvel Cinematic Universe I would still recommend it, because it looks so damn incredible. Also, remember to stick around for the end of the credits.