What a way to wake up this morning – seeing Twitter ablaze with links to the trailer for the Dr. Strange film! I’ve been looking forward to this since it was a announced as I’ve always been a fan of these slightly offbeat comics, where the focus is on other realities, rather than heroes knocking six bells out of each other (though I’m obviously a fan of that too!).
Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon whose hubris lands him with useless hands and a need to find a cure, wherever that takes him. He ends up a student of an ancient mystic ‘in the East’ and eventually becomes Earth’s ‘Sorcerer Supreme’. As I’ve said before, Cumberbatch seems like the ideal actor for this role – he does haughty disdain so well, which is really all Stephen Strange had to work with before his car accident.
In this trailer, we get the briefest of glimpses into the origin story: the car wreck, his travels to the Asia and his meeting with ‘The Ancient One‘, played by Tilda Swinton. Cue lots of mystic arts and mind-bending travels through other realities and we have the makings of an excellent Marvel flick.
The very final scene is what set my heart aflutter – mere seconds of Strange, wearing his red cape, walking up the steps towards the iconic window that looks out from his Sanctum Santorum.
This is (hopefully) going to be a welcome change of tone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Somewhere between the Avengers and the Netflix-based dark violence of Daredevil. And boy does Benedict Cumberbatch look like he was born to play this role.