Doctor Strange is the next Marvel comic to get made into a movie, following hot on the heels of this year’s hit The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
There has been a plethora of Marvel comics transported to both TV series and the big screen of late. The craze originated back in 1990 when Captain America was released. While Ant Man and Fantastic Four are also scheduled for release in 2015, there is another 16 Marvel Comics movies (including Doctor Strange) lined up for release between 2016 and 2019. That’s, on average, four Marvel movies a year! If you want to read more on what is being released from Marvel Comics, you can read the full list here.
But, onto Marvel Comics’ Doctor Strange and the recent announcement that it would become a movie. Here’s what we know so far.
- So who is Doctor Strange? Here’s the official details from Marvel.
“Powers: Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful sorcerers in existence. Like most sorcerers, he draws his power from three primary sources: the invocation of powerful mystic entities or objects, the manipulation of the universe’s ambient magical energy, and his own psychic resources. Strange’s magical repertoire includes energy projection and manipulation, matter transformation, animation of inanimate objects, teleportation, illusion casting, mesmerism, thought projection, astral projection, dimensional travel, time travel, and mental possession, to name a few. The full range of his abilities is unknown. Doctor Strange’s powers are sometimes less effective against strictly science-based opponents, although he can overcome this limitation with effort.
Abilities: Doctor Strange is a skilled athlete and martial artist with substantial medical and magical knowledge. Though an expert surgeon, Strange’s nerve-damaged hands prevent him from performing surgery except when supplemented by magic.
Group Affiliations: Formerly Avengers, the Order, Defenders, Midnight Sons; former disciple of the Ancient One”
- Benedict Cumberbatch will star in the title role of Doctor Strange. Cumberbatch is best known for his roles in Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave and The Imitation Game.
- Tilda Swinton is rumored to be starring as the Ancient One, a Marvel Comics sorcerer who was born over 500 years ago.
- Writing credits for Doctor Strange include: Steve Ditko (comic book & characters), Thomas Dean Donnelly (screenplay), Stan Lee (comic book & characters), Joshua Oppenheimer (screenplay) and Jon Spaihts (screenplay).
- There will also be more Doctor Strange comics coming out this fall.
- According to Marvel Comics editor Nick Lowe, in the comic book series, Doctor Strange will work a little differently with his powers than for other Marvel Comics characters. Due to the fact that he is a sorcerer, he will have to deal with the repercussions of his power, unlike others like Thor (who has a magical item) or Captain American. This is something to be potentially explored in greater detail in the movie.
“We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers… Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes don’t have to worry about, because he’s a Sorcerer Supreme. We’re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has repressions. Any of this stuff with magic, there’s always a cost to it. I think that’s kind of the only rule of magic we ever really talk about—everything he does, there’s a price to it. So he always has to kind of balance those skills and worry, ‘if I save the day here, what repercussions will that have for me, or elsewhere in the world?’ We liked him having to deal with that, and liked him being able to get his hands a little dirty, rather than just having him stand around, waving his hands and saving the day.”
- According to IMDb, Marvel’s Doctor Strange is slated for release in the UK on October 28, 2016.
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