The fourteenth Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has received it’s first trailer and it promises another leap forward for the studio in the same way that THE AVENGERS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY expanded their stories into new corners of the Marvel universe.
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Here is the trailer:
Here are two new posters:
And, as per usual, our humble thoughts on the trailer:
-The first thing that we see in the teaser trailer is Stephen Strange in the aftermath of the car accident that leaves his perfect surgical hands wounded beyond repair. It sounds like we’re getting some narration from Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo over the beginning.
-From the looks of the sequence involving Stephen begin rushed to the hospital, those rumors that Rachel McAdams is playing Night Nurse don’t seem to be too far off. Nicodemus West was the one who operated on him in the excellent “The Oath” comic, but I can see why folding Night Nurse into his origin makes sense.
-Stephen Strange’s quest into the East looks very reminiscent of BATMAN BEGINS in the best way possible. Tilda Swinton looks very interesting, and hairless, as The Ancient One.
-I love the shots of him back in his surgeon days juxtaposed with him after his accident. This is a man who, like Tony Stark in IRON MAN, is a much different person before the inciting incident that changes his world view occurs.
-Benedict Cumberbatch’s American dialect is PERFECT for Strange! Very unexpected, but incredibly wonderful. It wasn’t something I thought too much about beforehand, but now that I’ve heard it I think it’s a strong departure from his normal cadence.
-THE ANCIENT ONE JUST PUNCHED STEPHEN STRANGE’S ASTRAL SPIRIT OUT OF HIS CORPOREAL FORM AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF.
-Mads Mikkelsen’s villain is making the world into a kaleidoscope and everything is right with the world. This is exactly how a DOCTOR STRANGE movie should look. The key to these Marvel movies is that they genuinely care about the source material and seem to be almost desperate to create adaptations that are stunning in their faithfulness and ingenuity.
-The shot of Strange being launched through reality and down into a city seemingly folding in on itself while it looks like four other cityscapes are in the process of contorting looks like an INCEPTION fever dream.
-The last shot is of the good Doctor himself ascending the steps of the Sanctum Sanctorum adorned with his classic garb. If this is the first trailer… I can’t wait to see how visually astonishing the final film will be.
DOCTOR STRANGE opens on November 4th.