Why Doctor Strange Will Be The Best Superhero Movie Of 2016

This November, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally exploring the world of magic through Doctor Strange. Previously described as "psychedelic," it’s already expected to be one of the most visually exciting movies this franchise has produced, with the Sorcerer Supreme battling all kinds of supernatural threats. In fact, according to Chiwetel Ejiofor, a.k.a. the movie’s Baron Mordo, and Anthony Mackie, a.k.a. the MCU’s Falcon, Doctor Strange will be 2016’s biggest superhero movie hit.

While interviewing Ejiofor and Mackie about their new movie, Triple 9, DesdeHollywood asked the actors which Marvel movie will be better: Captain America: Civil War or Doctor Strange? Ejiofor obviously supported his own project, but despite starring in Captain America: Civil War, Mackie agreed with him about Doctor Strange. As he put it:

Doctor Strange, just from the artwork that I have seen, it’s gonna be so different, so far out and so creatively stimulating that’s going to blow everything out of the water.

Thanks to concept art that’s come out over the last six months, we know exactly what Mackie’s talking about when it comes to how Doctor Strange will be "stimulating." Thanks to learning the mystic arts from The Ancient One, Stephen Strange is able to conjure all sorts of weird magic, whether it’s uttering a simple spell or using one of his ancient artifacts in the Sanctum Sanctorum. However, the mind-blowing will come when Strange starts traveling to other planes of existence, like the Dark Dimension, which will be home to all kinds of creatures and entities that would freak us out in our world. As director Scott Derrickson put it, there’s going to be a lot of "crazy shit" going on, so it’s no wonder the actors are excited for it. Of course, Mackie also recently said that Captain America: Civil War is Marvel’s best movie to date, so he’s really just eager for all the projects in this ever-expanding world.

Like in the comics, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange will start out as a talented surgeon whose hands are damaged in a car accident. Desperate to get them cured, he’ll eventually come across The Ancient One, who teaches him the ways of magic and sets him on his path to being Earth’s defender from supernatural forces. Unlike his comic book counterpart, Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo is said to not be completely villainous, and instead an "amalgamation" of several characters. Co-starring alongside Cumberbatch and Ejiofor in Doctor Strange are Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Rachel McAdams as an unnamed surgeon colleague of Strange’s, Mads Mikkelsen as an unnamed sorcerer bad guy, Michael Stuhlbarg as Strange’s surgeon rival Nicodemus West and Benedict Wong as Strange’s valet Wong.

Doctor Strange will cast its spell on moviegoers November 4, while Mackie gets to reprise Falcon sooner for Captain America: Civil War on May 6.

Adam Holmes
Senior Content Producer

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore, Adam is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend. He started working for the site back in late 2014 writing exclusively comic book movie and TV-related articles, and along with branching out into other genres, he also made the jump to editing. Along with his writing and editing duties, as well as interviewing creative talent from time to time, he also oversees the assignment of movie-related features. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism, and he’s been sourced numerous times on Wikipedia. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.