The trailer for the forthcoming Doctor Strange movie has descended upon us.
It was only a matter of days ago when we got the final images of pre-production on the set of Doctor Strange and now we have the first trailer of the upcoming Marvel movie.
For those that need a catch up, the story tells us of Stephen Strange, a brilliant but arrogant New York surgeon who, after narrowly surviving a car crash, loses the use of his hands and is unable to do surgery again. Selling all his personal belongings he travels to the Himalayas to find a wise sage, with whom he hopes will cure him, but instead sees potential in him and trains him to become the Sorcerer Supreme to the Earth Realm and guard it from mystical and demonic entities that would try to take over the planet.
This feels more like an extended teaser than a first trailer but it drops plenty of wide bursts of visuals and initial insights into the story. Just as it is in the source material Strange crashes his car but loses the full use of his hands and we see that. We see him travelling to a mountainous temple to find the Ancient One, who, as we see here, is played by Tilda Swinton, swiftly takes the non-believer on what appears to be an intense tour of otherworldly possibilities. His experience clearly leaves him enthralled and open to change his ways as he craves to know and feel more.
Also, we finally get to see Rachel McAdams, but as to who she is playing is still mired in mystery. Are we still hoping that she’s Clea?
Another figure we briefly encounter is the dark and dangerous Baron Mordo (played by the highly talented Chiwetel Ejiofor) but little else is shown of him other than him walking amongst crowds.
As to whoever that semi-demonic individual is remains to be seen but a certain clip sees someone transform a corridor around like a MC Esher painting. Which is both inventive and disturbing.
Cumberbatch doesn’t just look the part as the Doctor but he is the part. He is the man, the sorceror, the protector, the man of science and mystic arts. At one point he even resembles Bill Nye the Science Guy.
I anxiously await the next trailer, which I hope will show us a little sorcery, incantations and of course the Eye of the Agamotto in action.
Oh, and that poster is spectacular and gripping.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkleson, Benedict Wong
Released: 28th October 2016
Doctor Strange first appeared in Strange Tales #110 (1963) by Steve Ditko