If you peruse the geeky side of the Internet, chances are you’ve run into a few articles about Marvel’s upcoming movie Doctor Strange. Set for release in 2016, the film is set to explore a whole new area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy have shown us the extraterrestrial facets of this universe, Doctor Strange will expose audiences to something that hasn’t been seen yet: magic. The good Doctor was name dropped earlier this year in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and lately there’s been a lot of buzz over who will play him, with everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Ewan McGregor rumored for the role. Combined with Sinister director Scott Derrickson at the helm, this movie is sure to be one of Marvel’s more unique offerings.

That being said, despite being a Marvel mainstay since 1963, Doctor Strange is not on the same level of popularity as characters like Captain America or Hulk. Sure he may be a sorcerer, but who is he? What’s his background? Who’s in his supporting cast? Why should we care about this guy when he appears in the theaters two years from now? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Considering how important he’s been to the Marvel universe over the decades, Doctor Strange will likely be a major player in the MCU, especially since he’ll be our main window into the world of magic. To get you excited for his solo film, here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about Doctor Strange, from his origin to his rogues gallery to the tools he uses to combat magical threats. If his comic history is any indication, we’re in for a wild ride with the movie. He Really Is A Doctor
He Really Is A Doctor
Yes, in Stephen Strange’s case, the title of Doctor is more than just a clever superhero name. Before he put on the cloak, Strange was a gifted neurosurgeon, but was extremely selfish and only cared about the wealth he reaped from his career. After a car accident damaged the nerves in his hands, he stubbornly refused to take a teaching or consulting position, opting instead to find a way to restore his prized tools. After many failed attempts, he finally found his way to the Himalayas to ask for help from The Ancient One, a mysterious hermit. The Ancient One refuses to help him at first because of his selfishness, but after Strange thwarts an assassination plot on the elderly sorcerer from his apprentice Baron Mordo (more on him later), the Ancient One decides to teach Strange about the mystical arts. Abandoning his attempts to heal his hands led him on a new path, and once his training was complete, Strange became Earth’s new Sorcerer Supreme. However, his medical knowledge has come in handy on several strange anatomic cases, which in the Marvel universe tend to occur quite a bit. We already know the film won’t explore his origin, but for the sake of giving audiences some clarity, there at least needs to be some dialogue included about how Strange went from surgeon to sorcerer.

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