First ‘Doctor Strange’ Poster Revealed, Teases Iconic ‘Sanctum Sanctorum’

The first poster for Marvel’s upcoming film, Doctor Strange, was released today, featuring a look inside the “Sanctum Sanctorum” of Doctor Stephen Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s an impressive poster, but will the Sherlock star live up to fan expectations?

Ahead of the Doctor Strange teaser trailer to be released later tonight, Marvel Studios released the first poster for Doctor Strange and as ScreenCrush reports, the poster features a look at Strange’s iconic hide-out the Sanctum Sanctorum, identified by its signature window bearing the iconic Seal of Vishanti. The strange window has been a mainstay of the Doctor Strange comics for decades, as an identifying feature of Doctor Stephen Strange’s hideout in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

The Doctor Strange poster is getting a lot of positive buzz this afternoon, as Marvel Comics’ and Marvel film fans eagerly await tonight’s Doctor Strange teaser trailer, which will be revealed on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live giving fans the first on-screen look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.

Cumberbatch was a fan favorite for the role, and when he was officially cast last year, Marvel Comics’ fans went wild. Doctor Strange is an unusual character in the Marvel Universe, but an important one – the Sorcerer Supreme himself will introduce the more mystical side of the Marvel Universe, which has only so far been teased in other films and TV shows. The Doctor Strange film will reportedly kick off the mystical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of Netflix’s Iron Fist which also features a hero whose powers aren’t related to super-science or mutation, but rather – for lack of a better word – magic.

Other than a few production stills, and a brief look at Benedict Cumberbatch in costume as Doctor Strange, as Inquisitr reported previously, Marvel has been keeping quiet about the upcoming Doctor Strange film, which has caused many fans to speculate about the content of the film, and the overall direction that the film will take. Given that Doctor Strange is something of a strange addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are eager to see how Marvel Studios intends to handle the legendary hero, who isn’t quite as easily presented as other Marvel mainstays like Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man – who will be making a triumphant return to Marvel Studios later this year in Captain America: Civil War.

The story of Doctor Strange starts off when legendary neurosurgeon Stephen Strange is injured in a car accident, which causes nerve damage to his hands – putting an end to his medical career. Searching for answers, and a way to heal his hands Strange sets off to exhaust every possible treatment he can find in order to repair his broken hands. Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, finds the answers he seeks and a whole lot more when he encounters Earth’s “Sorcerer Supreme,” a being called the “Ancient One.” After taking Stephen Strange under his wing, and teaching him the mystical arts, Strange returns to New York City as the titular Doctor Strange – Earth’s new Sorcerer Supreme.

According to Inverse, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has been mentioned in recent Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and according to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, the end of Ant-Man actually teases some of what fans can expect from the upcoming Doctor Strange.

“It sets up a lot of things you’re going to see heading into Phase Three, one of which is this mind-bending reality-altering landscape,” said Kevin Feige, discussing the ties between Ant-Man and the upcoming Doctor Strange film.

Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is slated to hit theaters November 4, 2016.

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