The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for eight years now and it is truly remarkable what has been accomplished. Though this year’s Captain America: Civil War was the 13th film released in the franchise, many (myself included) consider it to be one of, if not the best Marvel has released. The past few years Marvel has developed a great pattern of releasing one sequel/franchise film and one original film.
2014 had Captain America: The Winter Soldier paired with the original Guardians of the Galaxy. 2015 had the mega-sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron balanced out by the release of the smaller Ant-Man. 2016 will be no different, though Captain America: Civil War was an extremely successful sequel to both The Avengers and Captain America, this year will see the release of what might be Marvel’s most original film to date: Doctor Strange.
‘Doctor Strange’ Leads a Darker MCU
With a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), the film will be directed by Scott Derrickson. Derrickson is another inspired choice for Marvel. Though his blockbuster experience is so-so (looking at you The Day the Earth Stood Still), he is one of the great horror directors working today. Writing/Directing both The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister, Derrickson looks to be bringing a darker touch to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We know the film has an Oscar-caliber cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkleson, and Tilda Swinton. We know the film is looking good based on the trailer that has been released. Now we have our first official plot synopsis, and it is pretty much what we expect it to be. Anyone familiar with the story of Doctor Strange won’t find anything groundbreaking in the synopsis, but it does confirm the basic plot layout we saw in the trailer:
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.
The most exciting word in that synopsis is artifacts. There are tons of theories online about which Infinity Stone will appear in the film, and with this synopsis we now pretty much know the film will include one (my bet would be on the Soul Stone). What do you all think? Are you excited for Doctor Strange? Will you be there opening night on November 4, 2016? Let us know in the comments below!