I love it when Marvel Studios sends a kick in the pants to their cinematic universe. Amid all of their usual superhero flicks, they gave us the spacey ’70s-sonic delight that was Guardians of the Galaxy. What a fun surprise! I’m hoping for a similar surprise when it comes to this year’s outlier in the MCU, Doctor Strange. The studio has a knack for bringing characters who aren’t particularly household names in to the forefront of pop culture, and while Dr. Stephen Strange is a mainstay of comic books, he hasn’t got nearly the name recognition of a Cap or a Hulk.
The above new featurette features the cast of Doctor Strange and producer Kevin Feige explaining what fans can expect from the movie, as well as the backstory of the future Sorcerer Supreme. As you probably know, Stephen Strange was a famous and successful surgeon whose hands were mangled in an accident, and that he became obsessed with correcting them, at the expense of his fortune and relationships. Star Benedict Cumberbatch refers to him as a very arrogant but brilliant man who discovers something altogether different when his travels take him to Nepal and a meeting with Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton).
Perhaps the most enlightening moment of the featurette is when Feige explains that the film’s villains (led by Mads Mikkelsen) plan to remove the boundaries between dimensions and realities, which would effectively destroy the entirety of the universe. Not the best thing for any universe, it has to be said.
The more we see of Doctor Strange, the more stoked we are to see Marvel do a movie that has a distinctive look and tone altogether different from what it’s done before. Scott Derrickson‘s Marvel directorial debut will hit theaters November 4!
What part of Doctor Strange has you most jazzed? Let us know in the comments below!
We take a look at the last Doctor Strange trailer right here!
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