The folks over at Marvel have spent the last eight years delivering crowd-pleasing and financially successful films at varying levels of quality but have kept the bar high enough that each upcoming release is more anticipated than the last. 2014's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was the biggest stretch for the studio since launching their cinematic universe but they look to top that with the mind-bending 'Doctor Strange'.
The plot of Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' has been listed as "After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil." Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the title role and will be surrounded by Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams when this film hits theaters this November.
This trailer has a lot to get excited about including a globe-trotting plot filled with magic the likes of which the MCU hasn't seen before. With Scott Derrickson hired on as director, it was clear that Marvel was aiming for a tone that wouldn't exactly line up with their previously flicks and this first look shows that off in a big way. We get a glimpse of Ejiofor's Baron Mordo, Swinton's The Ancient One and the unknown villain played by Mikkelsen all surrounded by some mind-bending, earth-bending and downright trippy environments that will show the control that these sorcerers have over the world around them.
While there are certain visuals here that will of course make folks bring up 'Inception' I see no reason for anyone to believe that the whole of this film will reflect Christopher Nolan's work in any meaningful way. With a story that will show us Stephen Strange as both a suave hotshot doctor and lost/broken man searching the world over for his own way and a sorcerer in control of the physical realm in a way we don't yet understand, I for one am beyond excited for this flick now that I've gotten a taste. We'll know in seven short months how it al turns out.