Right since the successful release of ‘Iron Man’ (2008), the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) has gone on to make some terrific films year after year. Over the years, we’ve grown up watching the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye entertaining us with by forming a team called the Avengers and battling against the bad guys to save our Earth from world-ending consequences. Then the MCU stepped their game further with movies like the Captain America sequels, ‘Ant-Man’ (2015) and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014), films which truly elevated the franchise and kept both fans and critics entertained and wanting for more.
Most comic book fans know this that Doctor Strange is not only one of the most unusual characters in the Marvel Comics, but also he’s also the most powerful sorcerer on Earth. His story arc includes themes of magic and mystic arts, something all the Marvel fans were hoping to see made into a movie. It was only in 2014 that we got to know that a Doctor Strange film was in its developmental stage and that according to Feige, Doctor Strange was in the MCU’s plans for “Phase Three”. All this got us to thinking: Who would portray the titular character?
Many comic book fans and even the media had championed for Benedict Cumberbatch to play the main protagonist. By then, Benedict was already fan favourite having done some impressive work in the TV series ‘Sherlock’, played Star Trek’s most popular villain Khan in ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ (2013) and also had two Oscar nominations to his name. The MCU decided that Cumberbatch was perfect for the role and finally in April 2016, the trailer arrived which got us even more excited for its release.
The movie certainly pleased all the comic book fans, viewers and critics alike. The biggest selling point of the movie was probably the visual effects which were just out of this world, and it was a delight to watch the film in both 3-D and IMAX. The movie is also surprisingly quite funny, and that is mainly due to Cumberbatch’s performance as Doctor Strange who oozes us all with his charm. His character is actually quite fleshed-out and very engaging. The film also benefits from some excellent writing as the film tries to build an intriguing world full of magic and spells. Overall, it’s a solid movie, and MCU ensured that they delivered once again. Anyways, enough talk about all that! Let’s get to the plot of the movie:
The first scene of the movie takes us to a seemingly old, gothic like library where a sorcerer named Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his followers behead the librarian before Kaecilius finds an ancient mythical chained book and tears some pages which belongs to the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a sorcerer who doesn’t age. The Ancient One chases after Kaecilius who bends, folds and reshapes streets and buildings of the city to make kaleidoscopic images (Inception, anyone). Though The Ancient One is a formidable magical fighter, she’s unable to capture Kaecilius who escapes.
Steven Strange and his tragic accident: