I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest Doctor Strange. I always liked the character but it might be because writers were always finding ways to write him out of comics I read. The magic side of the Marvel Universe is one I never connected to compared to the magic side of their Distinguished Competition. But I was excited to learn there was a movie on the way. After the first teaser came out, my curiosity was piqued. Now that the first full trailer has been released, I am highly anticipating this movie.
It does look to be the most different Marvel Studios movie since the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. This is a movie about magic so it would have to be unique in that sense. We see striking imagery throughout the trailer such as portals being created and reality seemingly folded on itself. There is a peculiar image of Doctor Strange and Mordo running alongside a building as reality was folding around them.
More of the plot was revealed this time. It is an origin movie so it does hit those familiar beats. But compared to the teaser where we only mainly saw Strange and The Ancient One, we see more of the cast this time. There is more of Mordo who is usually Strange’s archnemesis but this time seems to be his partner. Who knows how that will turn out. There is also Wong who is more traditionally Strange’s manservant but since an Asian manservant doesn’t fly in today’s world, he is changed to be his instructor. Rachel McAdams played Christine Palmer whose counterpart is one of the Night Nurses but here she seems to be a fellow doctor and Strange’s link to his old life. Finally we see more of the villain Kaecilius though still not more of his plan.
One does get a sense of the tone. It seems to fall more in line with the Captain America films. They were fairly serious but the characters themselves can make light of things around themselves. One peculiar moment that had me laughing was between Strange and Mordo involving Wi-Fi.
There is no doubt that Doctor Strange will be an important part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. This opens a whole new area that has yet to be seen. Overall it looks to be a strong beginning to a whole new chapter. Doctor Strange opens on November 4, 2016.