After Captain America: Civil War kicked the doors of the #Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 wide open earlier this year, we're now eagerly looking forward to the next installment in the series — #DoctorStrange — which arrived in the US November 4, 2016.
As with all good superhero movies, there's a ton of information, theories and rumors about Doctor Strange floating around the internet right now. But worry not, that's what we're here for. Below is our complete guide to what you need to know about Doctor Strange.
This article will be updated continually with the newest Doctor Strange news, so make sure you return frequently to catch it all!
Doctor Strange News & Rumors
Updated 11/9/2016: Easter Eggs Galore
Like all good comic book movies, Doctor Strange is packed with Easter Eggs and references both to the comics and other movies in the #MCU. Some are harder to spot than others though, so that's why we've broken them down for you! Check out the links below for the ultimate Doctor Strange Easter Egg guide.
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Your Ultimate Guide To Doctor Strange Filming Locations
Doctor Strange is undeniably a beautiful movie, and much of that stems from the fantastic locations where production took place. From Nepal to China, the UK to the US, there's an interesting set of footprints left across the globe by the movie. Click below to find out more!
Director Scott Derrickson Spills All Via Reddit
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson took to Reddit just before the movie released for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with Marvel fans, and we learned a surprising amount from the questions he answered during the session. From clarification regarding whether or not we'd be seeing horror genre elements in Doctor Strange, to new information about the villains, click on the link below to get the full rundown!
Stan Lee's Cameo Revealed!
Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee's cameos are always something to look forward to in every new Marvel movie, and Doctor Strange will be no exception. In fact, it's hiding a very special Easter Egg. Click away below to find out more, but be warned, spoilers lurk within!
Doctor Strange Trailer
There's been three feature length Doctor Strange trailers released now, the second and most comprehensive of which dropped at the San Diego Comic Con earlier this year. Check it out above, and follow the links below for our first trailer breakdown and to check out the first TV spot.
While the first Doctor Strange trailer focused on the origins of Doctor Stephen Strange, the Comic Con follow up really expanded upon what we'd seen before, and gave us a better look at Baron Mordo, Kaecilius, Wong and Christine Palmer. It also showed us a tentative, unsure Strange — very different from the arrogant neurosurgeon he is when his journey to greatness, and redemption, begins.
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Doctor Strange Release Date
The Doctor Strange release date was November 4, 2016 in the USA. As for the rest of the world it's pot luck, with the movie landing anywhere between October 26, and January 2017! Check out some of the other major release dates below.
- UK: October 25, 2016
- France, Italy, Poland & Hong Kong: October 26, 2016
- Australia, Germany, Singapore & Thailand: October 27, 2016
- Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania & Sweden: October 28, 2016
- Philippines: November 2, 2016
- Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Israel & Russia: November 3, 2016
- Canada, India, Norway, Romania, Turkey, USA & South Africa: November 4, 2016
- Japan: January, 27 2017
Doctor Strange Plot
The Doctor Strange plot opens up the Marvel Cinematic Universe to magic and dimension-hopping, telling the story of the world's foremost neurosurgeon and his fall from grace. The callous and arrogant Doctor Stephen Strange had it all, a high powered job, fame and money, but fate had other plans for him. When his precious surgeons hands suffer irreparable nerve damage in a car accident, he loses everything he thought he held dear.
Seeking out the legend of the Ancient One — a mystic who is said to be able to cure all illnesses — he discovers a hidden Sanctuary where Masters of the Mystic Arts train apprentices in the ways of the magic. The Ancient One agrees to help him, on the condition that he stays and studies under her at the Sanctuary of Kamar-Taj.
When former Master of the Mystic Arts Kaecilius attempts to dissolve the barriers between realities, Doctor Strange will discover if he truly has what it takes to become the Sorcerer Supreme — Earth's ultimate mystical protector.
Doctor Strange Cast
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson — an interesting choice for a Marvel movie given that Derrickson is best known for his work in the horror genre. Based largely on the work of Doctor Strange creator Steve Ditko, the screenplay was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara, Uncharted) with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister) co-writing.
If you like the sound of the crew, wait until you get a load of the fantastic Doctor Strange cast.
— Benedict Cumberbatch: Popular British actor and darling of stage and screen, Benedict Cumberbatch made his name playing Sherlock Holmes on the BBC's Sherlock. He portrays the titular character Doctor Stephen Strange.
— Tilda Swinton: The goddess that is Tilda Swinton steps into the shoes of The Ancient One, following up on her previous comic book role as Gabriel in Constantine. Typically portrayed as male in the comics, this will be the first time we see a "gender bent" version of the Ancient One.
— Mads Mikkelsen: Danish actor and Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen will portray the main villain of the piece, Kaecilius. Based on an incredibly minor character from the comics, we can't wait to see how Mikkelsen makes Kaecilius his own.
— Rachel McAdams: Rom-com queen and True Detective star Rachel McAdams portrays Christine Palmer. Based upon the character of the same name from the comics, Christine was one of the three Night Nurses (though not the one Strange had a relationship with).
— Chiwetel Ejiofor: Oscar nominated star of 12 Years A Slave and Triple 9, Chiwetel Ejiofor appears as Baron Karl Mordo — Strange's arch nemesis from the Marvel Comics. But there's a twist to his character this time around, a new take for the MCU (and we'll get to that shortly).
— Benedict Wong: Benedict Wong has the perfect name for this casting, as the Marco Polo star will portray Master of the Mystic Arts Wong — Strange's teacher and sidekick from the comics.
— Michael Stuhlbarg: Boardwalk Empire and A Serious Man star Michael Stuhlbarg is appearing as Nicodemus West, another fellow surgeon of Stephen Strange.
Doctor Strange Characters
Now you've met the cast, here's a little more info on the Doctor Strange characters they'll portray.
— Dr. Stephen Strange: An arrogant surgeon who loses everything after a car accident, he seeks out the Ancient One who sees in him the potential for greatness. He will become the Sorcerer Supreme, the most powerful magic user on Earth, if he can overcome his greatest flaw — his own ego.
— The Ancient One: The Ancient One is the Master of all Masters of the Mystic Arts, training novices at her Sanctuary of Kamar-Taj. Thousands of years old, she's charged with seeking out and guiding potential magic users — all in her search for the successor to her title of Sorcerer Supreme.
— Kaecilius: Formerly a Master of the Mystic Arts at Kamar-Taj alongside the Ancient One, Baron Mordo and Wong, Kaecilius has split from the teachings of the Ancient One to form his own, opposing temple of disciples — the Zealots — in a search to bring back his dead wife and child.
— Christine Palmer: A fellow surgeon of Strange's and possible (or former) love interest, Christine Palmer takes her name from one of the three Night Nurses of the comics. Whether she'll become the MCU's Night Nurse remains to be seen though, as we already have one in the form of the Netflix show's Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson).
— Baron Karl Mordo: Strange's arch-nemesis from the comics, Mordo is getting a bit of a twist here as he's not being presented as an outright antagonist (yet anyway). Mordo is a Master of the Mystic Arts who works alongside the Ancient One, the two are said to have a close friendship, which means his jealously over the introduction of Strange could pull the two apart.
— Wong: Another character who's changed a lot from the comics, Wong is another Master of the Mystic Arts and will be a teacher to Doctor Strange alongside the Ancient One and Baron Mordo. Likely we'll see him returning to Greenwich Village alongside Strange when he relocates to the Sanctum Sanctorum base.
— Nicodemus West: Another fellow colleague, Nicodemus West is the surgeon who failed to save Strange's hands from severe nerve damage following the car accident. In the comics West goes on to study under the Ancient One and later become an antagonist to Strange, but it's not yet known if we'll see that happen in the MCU.
Doctor Strange Sequel
Whilst a Doctor Strange sequel has not yet been officially announced, it's a pretty safe bet that we'll see a Doctor Strange 2 and possibly even a Doctor Strange 3. Marvel tends to lay out its solo properties in trilogies (yes, there's a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the works), so unless Doctor Strange somehow isn't a financial success you can bet they'll be looking to expand the franchise further down the line, especially with such a great cast on board.
There's already been a few Dormammu teases dropped already that suggest we'll see the big bad popping up later down the line to antagonize Doctor Strange, something which should definitely be explored in a sequel. And then of course there's still the matter of Baron Mordo's true allegiances to be uncovered!
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Doctor Strange Theories
Given that Doctor Strange will see the character's initial introduction into the MCU there's not a huge amount of theories flying around just yet. But that doesn't mean we don't have any Doctor Strange theories, because welcome to the internet. Here's a quick rundown of some of the popular ones right now.
A minor item mentioned in Doctor Strange may have a huge impact on the MCU — especially the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Baron Mordo wields the staff of Staff Of The Living Tribunal, so does this mean we'll see the Living Tribunal as part of the MCU moving forward?
One of the most popular theories right now was confirmed by the movie and that's that Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto was revealed to house an Infinity Stone — the Time Stone.
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Another theory concerns the possibility that Doctor Strange could be the one to help out Bucky Barnes — a.k.a. the Winter Soldier — with his little HYDRA brainwashing problem.
Finally, we're still waiting on the appearance of a certain Adam Warlock in the MCU, could Doctor Strange replace him in his role for Infinity War?
Doctor Strange Comic Book
If you can't get enough of Doctor Strange, why not spend some time catching up with what's going on with him in the comic books right now?
The excellent Doctor Strange Vol. 4 by Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo is currently ongoing and has recently finished its first arc, The Last Days of Magic. Without giving too much away, it's an excellent story about how magic works in the Marvel Universe, and a great intro to the character and the mystical world.
There's also an official canonical prequel comic to the Doctor Strange movie currently available, called Doctor Strange: Prelude. This series is a nice little introduction to the world we'll be seeing in the upcoming movie, and thus far it's explored the backstory of the Ancient One, Baron Mordo, Wong and even Kaecilius himself in Prelude Infinite: The Zealot.
- Get Doctor Strange: Prelude at Marvel's online comic store here
- Get Doctor Strange Prelude Infinite: The Zealot
Finally, a new series entitled Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme has recently launched. Following up in the aftermath of The Last Days of Magic, Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme sees Doctor Strange travelling back through time to team up with famous historical magicians in order to face a new threat. Issue One of the series launched October 26, 2016.
Bonus: Check out our rundown of some of the craziest moments from the Doctor Strange comics books via the link below.
Where To Watch Doctor Strange Online
Given that there's typically a gap of around 5 months between a Marvel movie premiering in cinemas and releasing on home media, don't expect to be able to watch Doctor Strange online anytime soon.
At the moment we're estimating a Digital HD, Blu-Ray and DVD release date for Doctor Strange somewhere around April 2016, at which point you'll be able to purchase and watch it online via the following sites:
This article will be updated continually with Doctor Strange news and updates, so make sure you return frequently to catch all the news!