After Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in May, Marvel's Phase Three will continue later this year with Doctor Strange. One of Marvel's most prominent heroes since 1964, there have been many attempts to get a Doctor Strange movie made over the years, but now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing exponentially more popular, the time has come to finally have the Sorcerer Supreme get his live action due.
Compared to the other MCU movies, Doctor Strange is (no pun intended) one of the stranger entries. Although magic and mysticism has been alluded to in previous projects set in this franchise, the movie is going to swing that proverbial door fully open. Just like Marvel's other movies, a lot of details surrounding the movie are being kept secret, but every so often, new information makes its way online, whether it's from a casting announcement or one of the creative team dropping tidbits and teases. Taking these into account, here you'll find everything we know so far about Doctor Strange!
Let's start with a look at the trailer:
Warning! Some possible SPOILERS are ahead.
What Is The Doctor Strange Release Date?
Marvel's releases have varied, but most of the time, they've come out around the summertime. Doctor Strange is breaking away from that tradition by hitting U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016. This will be Marvel's second November release, preceded by Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013. Early November is typically when blockbusters start to come out in full force following those glorious summer months, so Doctor Strange will help kick off that period, and better yet, it comes only a few days after Halloween.
What Is The Doctor Strange Rating?
Doctor Strange has yet to be officially rated, but like all the MCU movies before it, it's guaranteed to be PG-13 in the United States. Marvel wants their movies to reach the widest audience possible, but they also want to tell stories that are more mature than what kids are seeing in the cartoons. So even though Doctor Strange will feature a fair amount of violence, intense images and maybe even some cursing, it will still fall into that area where it will be accessible to people of nearly all ages, although the younger viewers may need a parent with them. After all, just because something is PG-13 doesn't mean it won't push the boundaries. Remember The Dark Knight?
Director Scott Derrickson was hired to helm Doctor Strange in June 2014, and given the tone the movie is going for, he seems like a good choice. Derrickson's background is primarily rooted in horror, having directed movies like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil. He also has some sci-fi experience directing 2008'sThe Day the Earth Stood Still, so transitioning into a superhero movie should be easy. So, why does he seem like a fit for Doctor Strange? Well, the good Doctor spends his time harnessing magic to fight otherworldly threats, many of which look monstrous and scary. While Doctor Strange shouldn't be considered a horror movie, it will definitely have some scary elements, so, naturally, you'd want a horror director to be the one to realize that vision.
What Is Doctor Strange About?
Just like the comics, Doctor Strange will follow the adventures of Stephen Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon whose life is veered off course when he's caught in a car accident. Although he survives, his hands are irreparably damaged, thus ending his career. Desperate to restore his hands, Strange travels around the world for a cure and eventually finds The Ancient One (more on that individual in a bit) in the East. Rather than help him return to his old life, The Ancient One tutors him in the mystic arts, and after completing his training, he moves to New York and sets up shop in the Sanctum Sanctorum as the new Sorcerer Supreme.
Using both his own natural abilities and objects like the Eye of Agamotto and the Cloak of Levitation, Doctor Strange will battle mystical threats on Earth and in alternate dimensions like the Astral Plane and the Dark Dimension. The movie has also been described as "psychedelic", and having a different feel compared to the other Marvel movies, so fans should be in for a visual treat.