The Marvel Cinematic Universe Expands With First Trailer For ‘Doctor Strange’

If you have been anywhere near the internet, the television, or even the grocery store, then you know that Captain America: Civil War is coming out next month. Marking the thirteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Civil War represents a clear continuation of the stories and themes started in the Avengers universe (while they have disagreed in the past, Civil War fully commits to heroes duking it out, both ideologically and physically). The early buzz for Civil War has been phenomenal, and honestly, we kind of know what we are getting with Civil War, a lot of fans are ready for something new.

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Enter Doctor Strange.

With the world premiere of Civil War happening on April 12, there was no better time to start the official unveiling of Doctor Strange. The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, and more. In addition to releasing the first poster for the film, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told Collider how the use of 3D in the film will be mind-bending:

We were in VFX reviews the other day, one of the first ones for that movie — we just wrapped, we finished in New York…we did one of the first reviews and it was pretty exciting. It was pretty cool in terms of how 3D can serve that story. You know, sometimes 3D is a tool, like it is in Civil War, a tool of –another toy in the sandbox of how the Russos (Joe and Anthony) can present this movie, then there are times like what Disney is putting out with The Jungle Book –it’s certainly gonna be the case with Doctor Strange– that it serves the storytelling, that it advances the storytelling. And hopefully it helps bend people’s minds even more than with just the flat screen.

While audiences know what to expect with Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnorok, or even Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II, Doctor Strange represents a film that will definitely need to be sold to audiences. A superhero that works in the realm of eastern mysticism and other dimensions is not something we have seen before, but if there is any studio I trust in bringing a fantastical character to life, it is Marvel Studios. What better way to show off your brand new Avenger, than by going on Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show and debuting the trailer!


There is so much to analyze with this trailer. Suffice to say, the cast looks great, the look of the film is promising, and the visuals definitely live up to the “mind-bending” promise from before. Seriously, this is unlike anything we’ve seen in the Marvel films before. We couldn’t be more excited. 

Doctor Strange will be released on November 4, 2016, official synopsis below:

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

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Josh Tarpley

is a film critic and all around movie enthusiast. Along with being a Marvel fanboy, he is also a husband, college graduate and proud Beagle owner. Josh loves to celebrate art and tries to incorporate his faith into every aspect of life. You can follow Josh on twitter @JoshTarpley7

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