By Shazwan Zulkiffli
Marvel fans have been waiting for The Sorcerer Supreme to descend from whatever realm or dimension he might be travelling to since the arrival of The Avengers. Disney didn’t just make magic with MCU, but also a river of cash and fanboy tears and now, the magic of Marvel just got even more surreal with Dr. Strange.
Dr. Strange, also known as Stephen Strange, was formerly one of the best surgeons in New York City, before and after the “Big Clash”. Having been mentioned in Captain America: Winter Soldier, Dr.Strange isn’t straying away from the limelight with his newfound powers. The movie started by showing his success in original profession, before the predictable life-kicks-you-down scene that sets up the premise for his magical journey.
As the film progresses, you’d probably be able to predict the plot if you’re a regular Marvel movie fan. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can easily guess how the movie ends after watching Iron Man 1. It’s the typical I’m-a-douchebag-anti-hero-and-now-I-want-to-save-the-world kind of movie where, if it wasn’t for Marvel or Disney, you’d probably be staring at your phone instead of watching the movie. Marvel made sure the audience stayed engaged by adding trippy, LSD-like effects to portray Strange’s psychedelic experience in the multiverse, and that scene alone is worth the price of admission.
Moving on to Benedict Cumberbatch. The British actor pulled a rather interesting performance for this movie. He was already a fan-favorite candidate when Marvel announced Dr Strange at SDCC a few years back, and boy, he fits into the cape of levitation perfectly. His portrayal of Dr. Strange is superb as he embodies that egoistic A-hole with aplomb, but also shows a vulnerable side when he needs to for the greater good. Marvel fanboys enjoyed Cumberbatch’s performance, and most of them would love to see what else is in store for the Sorcerer Supreme.
The casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One was a major whitewashing issue for a section of fans and easily-triggered SJWs who may or may not know the true origins of the Ancient One were enraged with the fact that they cast a white person to play an Asian role. However, Swinton’s performance was so powerful that a lot of naysayers had to admit her mastery of the role, and Tilda was perfect as Strange’s Mr Miyagi, I mean Mrs…nevermind.
Let’s just say, Dr Strange may be mediocrely written, but it is a door for so many possibilities. Kevin Feige revealed that almost everyone in the MCU will be involved in The Infinity War, and of course, Dr Strange will be in it, but what role will he play in it? Will he be the one to truly defeat Thanos with yet-to-appear Guardians of the Galaxy member Adam Warlock and, *cough cough* Fox’s Silver Surfer? Or will he, like in the comics, somehow be involved with Netflix’s The Defenders? We might just know that really soon.