As if men in mechanical armor, super serum soldiers, flying androids, master assassins, shrinking men, telekinetics and web-slingers weren’t enough, Marvel felt the need to give us another big announcement, in the form of a teaser trailer.
Looks like we’re bound for the Sanctum Sanctorum. Let’s break this trailer down as we all try to steady our breathing for another blockbuster addition to the MCU.
Stephen Strange. Doctor Stephen Strange. Sorcerer Supreme. Where to even begin with this one?
The basic origin story of this mystical man goes like this: Dr. Strange was a brilliant, but egotistical, surgeon. After a car crash leaves his hands too damaged to perform surgeries anymore, he embarks on a journey to find a cure for his condition. Through the teachings of the mystical Ancient One, Stephen masters the magical and martial arts and becomes the mystical superhero Doctor Strange.
So how does the trailer stack up based on this comic lore?
So far, I’d say we have a match. Now, while the trailer does not yet give a clear picture of who the villain is in this film, it does give us a taste of the mind-boggling magic that we can be sure to expect. Slightly reminiscent of Ant-Man‘s trippy shrinking sequence, the film’s more dramatic sequences are reminiscent of scenes from Inception, but offer its own unique elements such as astral projection.
However, I know one of the biggest points of anticipation surrounding this film happens to be the cast. With big names like Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton playing such important and powerful roles, I have no doubt that this film will attract many newcomers to the MCU fanbase – I have absolutely no qualms with that, either.
Of course, like all film adaptations, this one will differ slightly from the comics. One of the biggest alterations is the gender of the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton. Naturally, this decision to deviate from the source material in such a dramatic (some would say progressive) way has garnered some pushback from (mostly male) Marvel fans. But, guys…it’s Tilda. Swinton.
Other characters, such as Karl Mordo, are listed in the cast, but their roles are not yet clear in the film, and his character is said to be less villainous in this adaptation. Moreover, cast members such as Rachel McAdams do not have clear characters, either, so while this teaser gave us a fairly detailed look at the world and characters of this film, it also left a lot out, leaving room for more big reveals both in the theater and in the months leading up to its release.
The trailer ends with a dramatic shot of Doctor Strange ascending a staircase in what looks to be the Sanctum Sanctorum, laying the groundwork for hopefully another key physical location in the MCU (among others like Avengers Tower).
I, for one, can’t wait to see how Marvel incorporates magic into the already complex universe it has created. I genuinely hope this film attracts as many new movie and comics fans alike. So, until November, by the Wondrous Wands of Watoomb, let’s all try to remain calm as our favorite movie world grows exponentially bigger and better.