ByShannon McShortall, writer at
I have been reading comics since before I could read. When I learned how to read, they became significantly better.
Shannon McShortall

Doctor Strange is one of the most anticipated films of next year, even among such films as Deadpool, Batman vs Superman and [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). I'm personally very much looking forward to it, but from what we've learned about it, why does the project bring so much promise? From what we've heard about it, it really shouldn't be liked by fans. Let's get into why:

1. Race/Sex Recasting

So many people have decided to boycott the new female-lead reboots like Ghostbusters, The Mummy and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. But yet there is excitement for Tilda Swinton to play the Ancient One. Also on an age front, there hasn't been much controversy about Swinton's age difference from what we expect the Ancient One to be, but yet people were gladly attacking Miles Teller as Mr Fantastic for being too young. People had already hated on Fant4stic the moment that Michael B Jordan was announced to be playing the Human Torch, or even the fact that Idris Elba might play James Bond, but yet Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo is one of the most exciting premises for people

2. Dark Vibe

The comicbook stories of Doctor Strange are admittedly dark at some points, but no more dark than Fantastic Four or Spider Man. There's just more demonic and magical elements. The film has been described as "dark" which has fans excited, but when Fant4stic, a film whose comicbook origins are somewhat similar in tone to Doctor Strange, was described in this way, it was immediately hated on.

3. Class of Director

Making yet another comparison to Fant4stic, Josh Trank had previously made a film that scored a 7.1 on Imdb. Yet he was hated for taking on that franchise, as the fans were afraid he'd ruin it. With the director of Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson, he has had many chances at making films, although his highest is 6.8. I'm not doubting his skill, but why are people acting like he's a movie juggernaut and the film will be good because of the power he's packing?

4. There Will Allegedly Be No Origin Story (Or At Least A Shortened One)

But yet people still claim to be confused if certain elements aren't explained in a film. How about a WHOLE ORIGIN STORY?

Update: I have been informed that the 'no origin' thing was just a rumour and has been debunked, but the point is that people were still excited despite this being "announced"

5. Apparently Going To Be Effects-Heavy

Effect-heavy films are generally hated on, but yet everyone is excited for the "psychedelic" film that is Doctor Strange.

...and that's pretty much all we know.

Here's the thing: I'M excited for the film and so many others are, but what makes this film so exciting? I'll tell you what it is:

Faith In Marvel

Marvel Studios has delivered some fine films over the years and has managed to adapt some obscure characters and make them the most popular. This faith has been proved most famously with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy. It's this faith that everything Marvel touches is golden is what makes people adore films like Captain America: The Winter Soldier (a film which is really only good for its action sequences when looked at without the hype factor).

It's why Marvel is "winning" the so-called "battle" between DC and Marvel. People have no faith in DC. People will gladly glaze over a Fox film specifically because they have more faith in Marvel. Marvel has really got a good thing going and my personal advice to them is to strike while the iron is hot and start putting out some of the most obscure and experimental titles. Don't be formulaic. In this case, if the formula works, change it. Flip it upside down, because sooner or later, that faith will wear off once a formula starts being implemented so much that the films become predictable.

People will praise the Avengers battle of New York, but hate on the Man of Steel battle (a film in which I am in no way defending). Marvel Studios has managed to take control of the positive side of fan hypocrisy and letting that go to pursue similarity wouldn't be a wise move. Marvel, Keep making films like Doctor Strange, and open the minds of your audience.

So, what do you think? Will Doctor Strange succeed because it's a Marvel Studios film? Or will it fail based on previous criticisms of other films? Let's talk about it in the comments

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