When Dr. Strange hit the cinemas, it suddenly became a hit. It also brought waves of interactions in the social media. There’s no surprise because it’s another Marvel character hitting the big screen. The visuals, acting, and musical score both received positive reviews from critics.
Doctor Strange premiered in Hong Kong on October 13th and in the US on November 4th. In a short span of time, it has reported a $325 million gross income. So if you are yet to visit the cinema for a strange movie experience with the good doctor, here are some things you have to know about this good movie.
It was born in 1963
Dr. Strange is actually just a year late compared to Spiderman’s arrival in the comic book scene. Artist Steve Ditko and the legendary Stan Lee were the minds behind Dr. Strange.
He’s a Neurosurgeon
There’s a reason that Stephen Vincent Strange is called Dr. Strange. For one big reason, Dr. Strange was once an extremely gifted neurosurgeon. But a tragic car accident robbed him the use of his hands and he started mastering in the mystical arts.
From coat to cloak
His broken hands were a horror for Dr. Strange, so much so, that he spent all his wealth trying any possibilities to regain his surgical skills. After he had tried all medical avenues, he went to Tibet for a spiritual cure. He met the “Sorcerer Supreme,” the master of magic who schooled him in the mystical arts. And his life changed.
Wonderful set of toys
Dr. Strange has the ability to manipulate mystical energy. He is equipped with an arsenal of ancient artifacts. His Cloak of Levitation grants him free flight to wherever he wants to go. He can also use the Eye of Agamoto and the Orb of Agamoto to see illusions and to trigger clairvoyant powers respectively.
The Sanctum Sanctorum is the nickname of Dr. Strange’s Greenwich Village mansion, the three-story townhouse is protected by powerful sorcery. It can be considered a mystical stronghold. The interior space is much larger than what the exterior would suggest.
He has an “Alfred”
If Batman has a trusted and loyal butler named Alfred Pennyworth, then Dr. Strange has Wong, a close friend and a confidante. Wong is also Dr. Strange’s trusted adviser. A wise descendant of an ancient monk, Wong is also a martial artist and is well-versed in the mystical arts.
A friend or a Foe
Dr. Stephen Strange’s good friend Baron Mordo is also a disciple of the Ancient One. But Mordo became intoxicated by his power. Mordo becomes bad. His obsession to power leads him down a path of darkness. So, is Mordo a friend or a foe of Dr. Strange?
Though Kaecilius is Baron Mordo’s minion in the comics, the movie shows him as the antagonist. The evil-doing Kecilius also strayed from the teachings of the Ancient One. How will Kaecilius pose a threat to Dr. Strange? The movie tells you how.
Dr. Strange in Captain America and Thor movies
While Dr. Strange hasn’t appeared in any movie alongside any Marvel characters, a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor have hinted to Dr. Strange’s existence. In the former, the doctor was referenced as a potential threat to HYDRA and the latter also featured the Eye of Agamoto amulet in a blink-and-you-will-miss-it cameo.
Future Marvel appearances
As a Marvel character, Dr. Strange is expected to take part in any Marvel movies in the future. He can have prominent roles in other superhero’s films or have another sequel of his own strange stories. In 2018, Dr. Strange is set to appear together with the Earth’s Mightiest heroes in Avengers Infinity War.