Tonight, the trailer for Doctor Strange debuted during the Jimmy Kimmel Live show showing off a first look at the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring Marvel film. Directed By Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister), Doctor Strange follows former neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange (mentioned in passing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier), learning to use mystic powers after having lost the use of his hands in an accident.
Also starring Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelsen; the trailer gives fans only a taste of the full-blown strangeness that Marvel head Kevin Feige promised. Yet, there were hints all along, and just like the plans laid since day one of Iron Man to Avengers, Marvel has sown the seeds for their onscreen universe to be a little weirder, wider, and more wonderful than previously imagined. Let’s go through them one-by-one and look at how Doctor Strange is sure to fulfill those promises on November 4th, 2016.
Thor Nye, The Magical Science Guy
Initially anything magical or fantastical in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was explained by Thor’s dry hilarious of a hand wave, “What you call magic we call science.” The nine realms of the universe are where are films in the MCU take place from Iron Man to Guardians Of The Galaxy, this ‘magical science’ the backbone of the overarching mythology. Doctor Strange looks to up the ante with the magic of the mind warping reality itself.
Ant-Man & The Teeny Tiny Realm Of Weirdness
One aspect of cosmic strangeness was briefly explored to explain the fate of the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, in the MCU. Hank Pym, the first Ant-Man, was able to first gain access to this subatomic Quantum Realm; where the new Ant-Man (Scott Lang) has his climatic fight in Ant-Man. The irrelevancy of space and time, and the nature of reality look to be explored in spades as Tilda Swinton’s character ‘The Ancient One’ mentions so matter-of-factly in this Doctor Strange trailer.
Scarlet Witch Appeal
The Maximoff Twins (Wanda and Pietro) were both experimented on by Loki’s Staff, which contained the Mind stone (We’ll address these darned stones below!). It gave Wanda aka Scarlet Witch her mind-bending and physics-bending hand voodoo that she’s used in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War. This trailer shows Stephen Strange witnessing similar power (although his handy form of magic is kept strictly to the poster for now). Here’s hoping Wanda and Strange get to compare their moves in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II.
Infinity Stones Ahoy!
So The Celestials wielded the Infinity Stones, these candy-colored and color-coordinated stones that destroyed entire worlds with their immense power. Throughout the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe they’ve been the fire to many films: Captain America/Avengers featured the Space Stone, Thor: The Dark World featured the Reality Stone, Guardians Of The Galaxy featured the Power Stone, and The Avengers Age Of Ultron featured the Mind Stone. There are only two stones left (Soul & Time) before Thanos lays the gauntlet down in Avengers: Infinity War Part I & II. It’s been hinted by Marvel head Kevin Feige that we’ll see another stone in Doctor Strange. I’m guessing it’ll be the Time Stone, but by the looks of the trailer, the concept of ‘time’ will not be talked about in traditional terms. It looks to blow our minds, that’s for sure.
What did you think of the Doctor Strange trailer? Are you excited for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to go psychedelic and weird? Let us know your favorite strange Marvel storylines and characters you’d want to see on screen in the comments below!
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