He is a sorcerer supreme, and wields black magic against the forces of evil. Doctor Stephen Strange is a powerful character in the Marvel universe. However he was once a gifted and yet egoistic surgeon, a superstar doctor he credited his success to his hands which never shook or made mistakes while in the operating room.
Despite his great skill [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) was a poor excuse of a human being, caring only for himself and turning down charity work in pursuit of wealth. One fateful day he drove off in his sports car to meet with a wealthy stock broker who he believed could make him richer. Not paying attention to the wet driving conditions, his car slid off a cliff. Falling for what felt like an eternity he landed beside his car. His body broken, he lay there finally understanding the anguish others felt, experiencing true pain for the first time.
Awakening in the hospital he was informed, even though had been saved, his career as surgeon was over due to nerve damage in his hands. Though he could have become a medical consultant his ego couldn't handle assisting others without receiving all the glory. As a result Strange spent all his wealth on failed operations trying to restore what he had lost, before becoming a homeless drifter shunned by his friends and colleagues.
Then one day while sitting in a dog side bar he overheard someone talking about a legendary Chinese wizard and healer known as the Ancient One. Pawning the last of his possessions Strange purchased a one way trip. There he searched tirelessly before being caught in a terrible snowstorm. With nothing else to to lose, he continued on until he saw a temple sitting on the mountain side. He was met by a shadowy figure standing over a pit of fire revealing himself to be the Ancient One.
Strange was told he was not worthy of help. In a rage, Strange became aggressive, forcing the Ancient One to subdue him with a beam of weightlessness. Left in shock and awe Strange was finally given shelter by the old wizard, who introduced him to his apprentice Mordo. That night after watching the raging snowstorm swirl outside Strange happened upon Mordo casting a demonic spell with the intention of killing his master in order to become the only remaining practitioner of black magic.
Without thinking Strange performed an uncharacteristically selfless act and attempted to warn the old wizard, however he was caught spying and Mordo cast a sheet of metal on his face. Just before Strange would have been killed, the ''Ancient One'' arrived and fought off his whoopi assassin. Having unwillingly passed the wizard's test of unselfishness, Strange was chosen by the aging wizard. This was done in hopes that Strange would one day stop Mordo as any other threat to the world. With that Strange became the Sorcerer Supreme.
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