Title: Doctor Strange (aka. Marvel’s Kaleidoscope)
Release: October 2016
Might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know.
– Baron Mordo
Doctor Strange is somewhat of an enigma in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In comparison to the likes of Tony Stark and Steve Rodgers, the acclaimed neurosurgeon Stephen Strange has had much less, shall we say screen time.
In the MCU’s 14th big screen endeavour, we are exposed to an array of new concepts; the magical arts, the mirror dimension and of course the blisteringly candid, (gem of the Earth) Wong.
Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the charismatic but avoidably arrogant, Stephen Strange, an incredibly talented neurosurgeon who loses the use of his most valuable utensil, his hands. Cumberbatch’s excellent portrayal humanises a character which would typically be shunned from the audience’s empathy. A cocky scientist who drives recklessly, dismisses any opinions who are not his own and takes Rachel McAdams for granted. Who would root for him? This makes Strange’s arc from ‘contemptible doctor’ to fully fledged Marvel Superhero so compelling. It also does not hurt to look at Benedict’s beautiful face.
If we can take a moment… Tilda Swinton. *Thinks in awe, about Tilda Swinton for a solid three minutes.*
Heroes like the Avengers protect the world from physical dangers. We safeguard it against more mystical threats.
Doctor Strange perfectly fulfils the requirements of an MCU movie. It is a stand alone film that introduced us to a unique and underrated character as well as providing the exhilarating fight sequences and stimulating character development we expect.
All is building to The Avengers: Infinity War and Doctor Strange’s contribution was not only important but incredibly entertaining.
Verdict: The visual effects create an incredibly complex creation defying the laws of physics in tremendous fashion. WARNING: Do not watch while on drugs!