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Okay, to be fair, Doctor Strange is, almost beat-for-beat, Iron Man. Rich, arrogant, watch loving scientist learns a lesson in humility when he almost loses his life. He had treated those close to him poorly. He is something of a rogue, but lovable. He is the smartest guy in the room. He is a cad.
One might imagine that, if Robert Downey, jr were not otherwise engaged, he would have been an excellent choice for the title role in this film. As it turns out, Benedict Cumberbatch does a great job with Doctor Strange. He continues Marvel’s terrific casting choices. And he was a lot of fun in Infinity War. Rachel McAdams is great, too, but a bit wasted. I would like to see more of her. And the movie cannot be forgiven for wasting the terrific Michael Stuhlbarg. It also has one of the most lame Stan Lee cameos.
The plot is limited, the villain (this is an old Marvel story) boring and the conclusion typically “the whole world is at stake-y.” But it has some very trippy visuals, for sure. In any ranking of the Marvel films, Doctor Strange would likely chart in the lower third but, hey, the Marvel movies are pretty good.
Doctor Strange is unlike other Marvel films in one very important way: it opens up an entire multiverse of magic and it helps prove that superhero movies can be used to tell all kinds of different stories.
I gave Doctor Strange FOUR EYES OF AGAMOTTO out of a possible FIVE when it came out. Though it is a bit reductive, it is also a lot of fun.
- Stephen Strange; Doctor Strange (though he was name dropped in Winter Soldier)
- Then Ancient One
- Christine Palmer
- Baron Mordo
CONNECTION(S) TO ENDGAME:
- The Eye of Agamotto is, itself, an Infinity Stone, the Time Stone to be precise. We saw Thanos’ minions attack Doctor Strange in Infinity War to procure it for their master. It didn’t go well…
- According to Wong, word of the Ancient One’s death will spread through the multiverse and folks, like Thanos perhaps, will know that the Earth has no one to defend it.
- The mid-credit sequence sets up Thor | Ragnarok in that it is a scene from that movie and that movie directly lead into the more cosmic portions of Infinity War and Infinity War picked up almost exactly where Thor: Ragnarok left off.