You don’t have to speak fluent sorcerer to enjoy Doctor Strange, but it helps. The latest Marvel would-be blockbuster (opening on Friday) pulls a surfeit of magical words out of its proverbial hat, from Cloaks of Levitation to Sanctums Sanctorum. To help all those amateur magicians out there, we’ve assembled this Strange Glossary to provide a comic-book primer for all the weird characters, objects, and places that pop up in Doctor Strange. Where we’re going, you won’t need magic wands.
Part Matrix with a little Harry Potter sprinkled on top, Doctor Strange promises to look and feel unlike any other Marvel movie. “In amongst that, there’s a very serious message, which is the idea of selflessness, the idea of how you go on a journey of self-discovery to realize you know nothing and that’s the beginning of knowledge,” Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, Star Trek Into Darkness) told us at Comic-Con (watch above) shortly after Marvel’s splashy panel. Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, an egocentric neurosurgeon who, following a devastating accident, is recruited by The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to master the mystic arts and hop dimensions while, of course, also saving the universe.
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About a year ago, I sat down with Stan Lee and asked him which of his “lesser-known” Marvel heroes did he wish had a higher profile among mainstream fans. On Nov. 4, Doctor Strange will bring magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From his Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, the Sorcerer Supreme, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will battle mystic forces unlike anything faced by the Avengers.
Over the weekend production on ‘Doctor Strange’ came to an end. But obviously its titular star Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the character.
The filming has now wrapped for hotly-anticipated new Marvel movie ‘Doctor Strange’, with Brit star Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious sorcerer. “[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly.
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The first official glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel hero Doctor Strange graces the new cover of Entertainment Weekly, and the biggest revelation is that he probably isn’t spending much time in the makeup chair. The actor sports facial hair and a cloak that will be familiar to comic-book fans, as well as Strange’s powerful amulet, the Eye of Agamotto.
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