Doctor Strange, The Sorcerer Supreme
Stephen Strange, once a brilliant neurosurgeon, finds his once promising medical career dashed after a car accident destroys his hands, rendering useless for operation. As he searches around the world for a cure, He comes across The Ancient One, and later becomes one of the students of the old Sorcerer Supreme, and begins practicing both mystical and martial arts.
Part of Strange's attire includes the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto, the amulet Strange commonly wears, and both items give him even more added powers. Strange resides in the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City, and is a known member of the Avengers.
Strange made his debut in Strange Tales #110 in 1963, before his origin story was told in issue #115. Strange was a brilliant doctor but so egotistical that he only cared about the wealth he got from his promising career. After the accident that cause his career, Strange traveled the world to find a cure, but with no luck.
He later becomes homeless after exhausting all of his funds, and it forces him to perform "back alley" procedures for cash. During his travels, Strange comes across the Ancient One is the Himalayas. The Ancient One refuses to help Strange due to his selfishness, but senses that he has a good side to him.
This side breaks through to the surface after Strange steps in to protect the Ancient One from Baron Mordo, the Ancient One's disciple. Mordo places Strange in restraining spells that prevented him from attacking or warning the Ancient One.
Strange, without hesitation, accepted the Ancient One's offer to become his apprentice, and surprised by Strange's change of heart, the Ancient One undid the spells Mordo. Mordo would end up becoming one of Strange's most enduring enemies.
As the Ancient One's disciple, Strange encounters a wide variety of mystical foes including Nightmare and Dormammu, a warlord entity from an alternate dimension.
In the 1980s, Strange meets his allies Topaz and Rintrah, and the comic series ended with a cliffhanger as the Sanctum Sanctorum being heavily destroyed and a vast majority of Strange's artifacts and magic books were destroyed as well. The series was transferred over to Strange Tales vol.2, which not only features the heroes Cloak and Dagger, but as focuses on Strange's quest to not only reclaim his power, but also resurrect the Defenders.
During the 2000s, Strange was a regular character in the The Amazing Spider-Man comic series, before he was sent into a time loop by Mordo. Strange would later appear in The New Avengers, and become a part of the secret group, the Illuminati. During the Civil War, Strange opted to stay out of the conflict, but was highly critical of the Superhuman Registration Act, and would later aid the anti-registration Avengers team led by Luke Cage.
Strange would later begin to doubt his abilities as the Sorcerer Supreme after failing to stop the Scarlet Witch, after being manipulated by Doctor Doom, from destroying the mutant population. His doubt would later grow after he was forced to use dark magic to confront the Hulk, save the New Avengers from the Hood, and Strange would later renounced his status as the Sorcerer Supreme, and would later pass on the Eye of Agamotto to Brother Voodoo, would later rename himself as Doctor Voodoo.
Throughout The New Avengers comic series, Strange would appear as a regular character, and would later rejoins the New Avengers after Doctor Voodoo sacrifices himself to stop Agamotto from reclaiming the Eye. Strange would later regain the title of Sorcerer Supreme after he uses dark magic, without begin fully corrupted by the magic. The spirit of the Ancient One tells Strange that because he was willing to protect the world and use dark magic without even being the Sorcerer Supreme proves that Strange deserves the title.
Doctor Strange has appeared in multiple shows and film adaptations ranging from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends to his own animated film, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme.
Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange within the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the film Doctor Strange, which is scheduled to be released on Nov. 4 2016.