With weeks to go before Marvel unleashes its fourteenth feature film, Doctor Strange, on a movie-going audience, we still have a lot of unanswered questions about what is in store. We know that the movie will serve as an origin story for Dr. Stephen Strange, a renowned neurosurgeon whose precious hands are damaged beyond repair in an automobile accident. Pushed to scour the globe for a cure, Strange encounters the mystical arts, under the tutelage of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and embarks down a totally different path.
But beyond the trailers, we haven't seen a lot about the side characters that will help Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) on his mysterious journey. The first one I have to share, though, showcases the film's use of exotic locations. The Marvel movies have taken audiences to unique corners of the globe, but never before have we seen Nepal until now:
When Stephen Strange heads to Nepal, he'll encounter the Kamar-Taj, a training dojo of The Ancient One. Strange will be recruited by powerful sorcerer Mordo (Ejiofor), who senses potential in the wounded man. And as we saw in the trailers, the Ancient One and Mordo will need to break down Strange's mental barriers to explain to him that there are many different ways to see the world... and no one way is absolutely correct.
While on set, we were able to watch Benedict Cumberbatch film a scene with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton where he fell through a portal and landed at their feet, covered in snow. I'm thinking the above photo shows us what is happening right before this scene plays out, as Strange is still in his "novice" training robes. Below, we have a better look at Mordo, an ally of Strange in this universe.
But Stephen Strange's journey isn't limited to Nepal. Read on to see what else we can reveal.
Rachel McAdams plays Christine Palmer in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, and we are trying to put together what we know about her role. We've seen her looking over a bed that we assumed contained Stephen Strange after his car accident, and we have seen her sitting bedside while Strange is bruised and bandaged in bed. But the above photo raises very interesting questions. We see Strange and Palmer together in the hospital where she works... but he is definitely wearing his sorcerer garb, with the Eye of Agamotto -- but not his signature red cloak. Where is it? And is Christine now aware that the neurosurgeon is suddenly a superhero?
Along with this exclusive new look, McAdams, also got her own poster, which makes us think that she's a much bigger player in this movie than we have assumed.
She's not the only one to get a poster. Doctor Strange, himself, got a similar one sheet, as did Benedict Wong's character, Wong. Read on!
Do you want to hang any of these on your wall? They are trippy as hell, and reminiscent of Inception... but also inspired by those mind-boggling Steve Ditko artworks from the 1960s and '70s.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters on November 4. Read CinemaBlend all week for the rest of our exclusive set visit coverage.
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