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26 October, 2016

The Doctor “Strange” is in

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I grew up as a fan of some of Marvel’s more obscure heroes and my heart leaped for joy when I first learned the Marvel cinematic universe was going to tackle Dr. Stephen Strange.  Since I was also a fan of Ant-Man and they certainly didn’t disappoint with that one, my hopes are high for the Sorcerer Supreme. I mean, they have to be for Doctor Strange.

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I’m not quite certain what drew me to this character; it may have been my interest in magic and magicians.  I found the idea of moving in and out dimensions to be very fascinating.  The thought of a hero fighting for us on another plane of existence and we don’t even realize it, very cool.  I studied philosophy for a year in college and my favorite professor occasionally talked about the idea of alternate dimensions and the like.  He believed that it was possible to step in and out of different dimensions and realities and we do it constantly without realizing it.  Interestingly, he was also the minister of a conservative church in this small town of Martin, TN; a church which eventually fired him for his non-conservative ideas he told me after class in a whisper.

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

The Doctor “Strange” is in

There’s been mention that Dr. Strange will have Inception-like effects and I hope to heck it does; Inception was great and the effects are totally worthy of a Dr. Strange mind-trip.  As a kid reading Dr. Strange comics I always had problems pronouncing the names of his villains; Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath, and Chthon to name a few.

I recall the strange, (pun intended) 1978 made-for-TV version which reimagined Strange as a psychiatrist instead of a surgeon and thereby removing the character arc of a self-absorbed surgeon who loses his ability to operate and then finds redemption and a new way to help others through the mystic arts.  Take it from me; the 1978 movie was a snooze-fest even for a diehard fan.  I was amazed to read that Stan Lee consulted on it.

I think that Benedict Cumberbatch was the perfect casting choice for Doctor Strange even though I would have settled for Joaquin Phoenix who certainly could have taken the character to even weirder dimensions and I don’t mean with the special effects.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts once the film is released.  Let’s all support Doctor Strange and the Marvel universe; they are offering great family films!

Peace and Love,

Tony

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