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Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Reaction: Fun, exciting, and just a bit mind-bending. A different turn for the MCU.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Scott Derrickson => Director / Writer
C. Robert Cargill => Writer
Jon Spaihts => Writer
Michael Giacchino => Composer
Alaa Safi => Tall Zealot
Benedict Cumberbatch => Dr. Stephen Strange
Benedict Wong => Wong
Benjamin Bratt => Jonathan Pangborn
Chiwetel Ejiofor => Mordo
Chris Hemsworth => Thor  (uncredited)
Ezra Khan => Kamar-Taj Librarian
Katrina Durden => Blonde Zealot
Linda Louise Duan => Tina Minoru
Mads Mikkelsen => Kaecilius
Michael Stuhlbarg => Dr. Nicodemus West
Rachel McAdams => Christine Palmer
Scott Adkins => Lucian / Strong Zealot
Stan Lee => Man on Bus  (uncredited)
Tilda Swinton => The Ancient One
Topo Wresniwiro => Hamir
Umit Ulgen => Sol Rama
Zara Phythian => Brunette Zealot

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch received help with finger-tutting movements from dancer [?] Jayfunk, to make the spell-casting gestures look fluid and agile.
  • Although this is Doctor Strange's first outing in a MCU solo movie, the character has been teased in earlier movies. In Thor; the Orb of Agamotto can be seen among the treasures in Odin's treasure chamber. In Thor: The Dark World, the Crossroads is among the various phrases written on Selvig's chalkboard; the Crossroads is an other-dimensional reality that has a prominent role in the "Doctor Strange" comics. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Jasper Sitwell mentions Stephen Strange as one of the high-risk targets that HYDRA keeps under surveillance.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch recommended that he play Dormammu during production, and Scott Derrickson liked the idea of Cumberbatch playing hero and villain: "That role was an ultra-inflated version of Strange, an ego run amok.There's something interesting about this confrontation of this tiny guy with the power of time and this monstrous conqueror. I couldn't think anybody to interact with Benedict than he, himself."
  • Benedict Cumberbatch was the first choice and was offered the lead role of Stephen Strange, but he initially had to decline due to his theater commitments playing Shakespeare's Hamlet, which clashed with the film's proposed shooting date. When the release date was pushed back from July 2016 to November 2016, he was able to commit to shooting. Joaquin Phoenix was the studio's second choice for the lead role but, after a few months of deliberation, eventually turned down the offer due to his reluctance to do a multi-picture deal that was required by the studio if he signed on.
  • Doctor Strange's creators, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, based his appearance on Hollywood actor Vincent Price. The character even bears the middle name of Vincent.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch states that the spiritualism of Doctor Strange is what appeals to him the most about the role. "I'm very excited about that spiritual dimension. It's something that's been a huge part of my life. I meditate a lot, that's a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world," said Cumberbatch.
  • While filming, Benedict Cumberbatch walked into a comic book store, in full costume, and bought an actual Doctor Strange comic.
  • In the comics, Stephen Strange had a younger sister named Donna, who died when he was young, and motivated him into becoming a doctor. Lulu Wilson was cast as Donna in the film and shot some scenes, but they were cut out for running time purposes.
  • There is a disclaimer at the end of the closing credits warning viewers about the dangers of distracted driving. This is a reference to Strange's catastrophic car accident (which was caused by him looking at an electronic device while driving), but (as entertainment writer Bill Bradley pointed out in a piece for the Huffington Post) it is also a continuation of the joke that repeats several times throughout the movie about essential warnings appearing after (not before) instructions.
  • Cinematographer [?] Ben Davis cites the Disney experimental film Fantasia as a visual influence on the film: "It has a very psychedelic grounding, and most of the work is about other dimensions."
  • In 1992, Wes Craven was set to direct. Later in 2001, David S. Goyer was going to write and direct. In 2008, Guillermo del Toro was brought on as director. In 2014, Mark Andrews, Jonathan Levine, [?] Nikolaj Arcel, Scott Derrickson and Dean Israelite were on the shortlist to direct. In the end, Derrickson was officially announced to helm the film.
  • Due of the popularity of the Marvel films, Rachel McAdams had a change of stance and became interested in appearing in any of the MCU films. Unknowingly, she was the first choice for the role of Christine. McAdams was also previously approached by Jon Favreau as the first choice to play Pepper Potts in Iron Man but she declined. Christine Palmer is one of a trio of women known as the Night Nurse in the Marvel Comics Universe, making cameos in various comic books.
  • Casting the Ancient One went through several changes. Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy were considered for the role. In the comics, the Ancient One is an old man; in the film, the Ancient One is played by a woman. This was a deliberate decision as Scott Derrickson felt the Ancient One was a title rather than a person. Additionally this was also intended to avoid the risk of portraying any negative racial stereotypes, as the appearance of the Ancient One in the comics is based around the Tibetan Monks. For a time, Scott Derrickson did consider casting the Ancient One as an Asian woman, but eventually felt that it would be perceived as exploiting Asian fetish and "a fanboy's dream girl." He decided to cast a non-Asian actor in the role, but to still take the opportunity to cast "an amazing actress in a male role." He thus wrote the role especially for Tilda Swinton, feeling that she was the obvious choice for such a mystical and mysterious role.
  • Mads Mikkelsen admitted that with all the computer-generated imagery he got a bit lost on how to film his scenes, especially during the Mirror Dimension scenes.
  • Mads Mikkelsen's brother [?] Lars Mikkelsen was the voice of Doctor Strange in the Danish dub of 2007's Doctor Strange film. Lars had also played an antagonist in Benedict Cumberbatch's show [Sherlock].
  • Gary Oldman and Mads Mikkelsen were considered for the role of Baron Mordo. Mads Mikkelsen had been under consideration for the role of Dr. Stephen Strange back in 2013.
  • Colin Farrell, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, Ethan Hawke, Jack Huston, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Keanu Reeves, Justin Theroux, Jon Hamm, Johnny Depp & Joseph Gordon-Levitt were all considered or rumored for the role of Stephen Strange.
  • Just before he crashes, Dr. Strange is told about a "22 year-old woman with schizophrenia with an an electronic implant in her brain struck by lightning." This is a reference to the superhero Madalyn Joyce, also known as Miss America who, in the comics received superpowers when an experimental electrical device her uncle was testing was struck by lightening. In the comics: Miss America is now the identity of another superhero called America Chavez, who inherits the original America's powers.
  • Tony Todd was considered for the role of Dormammu.
  • The Eye of Agamoto is the Time Stone, one of the Infinity Stones. Chronologically it is the fifth Infinity Stone to appear, after the Space Stone (the Tesseract from Captain America: The First Avenger), the Reality Stone (the Aether from Thor: The Dark World), the Power Stone (the Orb from Guardians of the Galaxy) and the Mind Stone (Loki's scepter/Vision's power source from The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron).
  • Each "Doctor Strange" feature has starred a [Star Trek] actor:
    • Michael Ansara, who was the Klingon Kang in [Star Trek], voiced the Ancient One (in an uncredited role) in the 1978 Dr. Strange.
    • Jeffrey Combs, who has played various [Star Trek] roles, was Doctor Strange in 1992's Doctor Mordrid (a version with names changed).
    • George Takei, who was Hikaru Sulu in [Star Trek], was Wong in 1996's Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers Chapter 1: Doctor Strange.
    • [?] Paul Nakauchi appeared in [Star Trek: Deep Space Nine]: {The Homecoming} and was Wong in 2007's Doctor Strange.
    • Kevin Michael Richardson, who voiced several aliens in Star Trek Into Darkness, was Baron Mordo in the 2007 Doctor Strange film.
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, who was Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek Into Darkness, stars in this film as Dr Strange.
    • Although not an actor, Michael Giacchino composed the soundtracks for Doctor Strange and the three [Star Trek] reboot movies.