Beyond Blade's initial and slight delve into other realm fantasy (with the whole La Margra mythology) the next breaches of just having a normal Earth setting, came in the forms of Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films either took us to the edge of space or beyond it, right into other worlds. X-Men: Days Of Future Past dealt with time travel (well sort of) and now with Doctor Strange, the final corner has been turned. Yes! The sphere of magic and other dimensions has finally and fully been opened up to be a part of the MCU repertoire, but without all those other superhero films making incremental steps, Doctor Strange may never have even been considered viable. In addition, I will give a little shout out to the Scarlett Witch's magical contributions. Team-up anybody?
Cumberbatch plays Dr. Stephen Strange, a brilliant neurosurgeon who probably couldn't find a patient, that he couldn't heal. But for this doctor, his interests only lie in cases that would require pioneering surgical techniques and the push beyond the known boundaries of medicine. Though he recognises that his services are actually for the people, he really only serves himself, picking difficult and high profile cases that would allow for further self-aggrandisement. His attitude is further spurred on by regular praise and speaking engagements from the medical community that he revels in and he is quite happy to put his career before anything and anyone else. This however drastically changes, when an accident leaves his hands in a truly terrible state. Angry and desperate to restore his hands to full working order, he embarks on a journey that will lead him to an altogether different destiny, where his medical and scientific reality will be shattered, re-pieced, folded, turned inside out and rewound.
Watching this film just made me feel sorry for DC, as they still haven't found, at the very least, a formulaic way to deliver one good film after the next. Here, Marvel have once again hit the nail on the head and have brought us a fresh cut of cinematic, supernatural action fare. First of all, I must congratulate them on the writing of the character Stephen Strange. It would have been very easy to paint his initial character into a one dimensional corner, where he simply starts of as bad, bad, bad, then cornily finds salvation through becoming a superhero. Instead, his ego, arrogance and narcissism are blended in a way where you still find that you actually like him. He's a man who has no qualms in belittling through correction and lambasting colleagues, to put them and most people in their place; which is usually below him. Yet you have to ask why is he doing a job that saves people's lives?