~Matt Key

The next big film out of Marvel, Doctor Strange, hits theaters in just a couple months now — November 4th, to be exact — and the promotional materials are starting to make their rounds. We’ve had a teaser trailer as well as a full theatrical trailer released, showing us some beautiful visuals and performances to give us an idea of what we can expect and what we should be excited about.

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

And now, today, Marvel has released a featurette for the film that mostly discusses the origins of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Most comic book fans are already familiar with his origin and we’ve seen a bit of it in the trailer, but as they describe here, he’s a brilliant neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands in a terrible car crash. He then goes on to burn through his fortune, spending every last dollar to revitalize his hands, which brings him to Nepal.

Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE L to R: The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) Photo Credit: Film Frame ©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

It’s here that he’s introduced to the The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and her Masters of the Mystic Arts, learns of magic, how to command it and is then brought into a fight with Kaecilius and his Zealots.

Speaking of the bad guys, Kevin Feige gives us a small tidbit about Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his motivations, saying, “These are people seduced by what they’ve seen on the other side.” He then adds, “They are interested in spilling the barriers between these dimensions, which would annihilate our entire universe.”


The featurette doesn’t offer a whole lot in the way of new visuals, but it does give us a very brief look at Doctor Strange walking by a display case where he sees the Cloak of Levitation hovering, seeming to react to his presence, almost like an animal in a cage at the zoo. The comics have set a precedence before that the Cloak is actually somehow, mystically alive — so maybe we’ll see that in this film.

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