Like our universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding almost exponentially with every movie (along with several tie-ins and Marvel: One Shot), series, and other little tidbits of information that connect each character in this universe. With new heroes pouring in after the Phase Three announcement, like Black Panther, Captain Marvel and even Spider-Man (after some negotiations between Marvel Studios and Sony).
However, of all the heroes in this announcement, one hero stands out from the rest, in terms of subject matter and also in terms of the realm his stories bring in, and that hero is Doctor Stephen Strange.
Not much is known about Stephen Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, only that he is a potential threat to Hydra (he was name-dropped in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973)) and that he'll probably have more sex appeal than Tony Stark (cause, you know, Benedict Cumberbatch). But, despite the recent announcements and some form of popularity with comic book fans, regular moviegoers don't know who Doctor Strange is, which is why us here in Comic Books: Onscreen are here to help.
Doctor Stephen Strange lived happily as a successful neurosurgeon, yet it was only his desire for wealth and fortune that motivated him to check-in. He lived like this until a car accident affected his way of life by taking away the use of his hands, the bones of his fingers shattered. This left him with an inability to handle precision instruments, and as a result, left him unable to operate on people.
Desperate for a way to heal his hands, Strange searched far and wide for treatment, from expensive experimental surgeries to unknown, exotic therapies. Each effort to heal his hands was of no use; his hands could not be healed. Because of treatment and travel costs, Strange's wealth slowly declined until he was left homeless. Despite this, his search for a cure continued until he stumbled upon a mysterious hermit called The Ancient One, or the Sorcerer Supreme, while in the Himalayas.
The Ancient One was reluctant to teach the selfish doctor his ways. However, this changed when Strange stops Baron Mordo, a former student of the Ancient One, from killing the master. This is also why Stephen Strange became one of Baron Mordo's worst enemies. This deed made the Ancient one see a hint of goodness in Strange, so he began training the Doctor. After much training under the Ancient One, Doctor Strange returned to New York and takes up residence in 177A Bleeker Street, Greenwich Village. This place will later be known as the Sanctum Sanctorum, Doctor Strange's hideout.
Strange draws his powers from several entities such as Cyttorak, the Faltine, Oshtur, Ikonn, Raggadorr, the Seraphim, the Watoomb, and most notable, Agamotto. He uses artifacts like the Eye of Agamotto, the Book of the Vishanti, the Cloak of Levitation, and the Orb of Agamotto. Strange is known as one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, mystical being in the cosmos.
Later, Strange would be sent an assistant named Wong from the same place he learned the mystic arts. Wong, who is also a master of mystic arts like Doctor Strange, proved to be a valuable servant to the Doctor, guarding the Sanctum Sanctorum, as well as aiding Doctor Strange in his many adventures.
Doctor Strange would encounter powerful foes such as Dormammu and Nightmare. He would also be allied with the New Avengers and the Defenders, the former being due to the fact that he sheltered anti-registration metahumans in the Sanctum.
Doctor Strange has appeared in several adaptations through the years. He was portrayed by Peter Hooten in the 1978 television movie Dr. Strange. He also appeared in the 2007 direct-to-DVD animated film, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, where he was voiced by Bryce Johnson. He also guest-starred in several different animated TV series like X-Men (1990s), Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994), and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013). He appeared in several videogames, most notably Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006), where he was voiced by James Horan, and the Facebook game Avengers Alliance (2012).
Doctor Strange will appear in his very own feature film adaptation, where he will be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He will be portrayed by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, 12 Years a Slave). Doctor Strange will premiere in November 4, 2016.