DOCTOR STRANGE first reactions – “some of the craziest, most enjoyable” Marvel action yet

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If you’ve been reading this site with any regularity over the last few months, then you wouldn’t need the Eye of Agamotto to know that our levels of anticipation for Doctor Strange is at an all-time high. The latest entry in Marvel’s ever-more sprawling and diverse cinematic universe looks like nothing else the comic book studio has put forward before.

Besides for Micheal Giacchino’s magical sounding music score – a breath of fresh air in Marvel’s usual bland soundscape – it seems that director Scott Derrickson has crafted a psychedelic visual spectacle true to the comic book’s roots, anchored by the incredible thespian talents of Benedict Cumberbatch and co. And that assessment is not just what I’m hoping to see, but rather what’s been said by the press who were lucky enough to attend the movie’s very first screening Los Angeles and New York last night.

While the embargo for full reviews is only up on Sunday, several of the folks in attendance took to Twitter to share their initial thoughts, and thus far it’s looking really positive. The movie doesn’t appear to be kicking the likes of Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy off the top of the Marvel heap, as it does succumb to some now almost traditional Marvel flaws, but this still sounds like one hell of a good time that deserves to be experienced on the biggest and best screen around.

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Doctor Strange also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins and Amy Landecker. Derrickson (Sinister) directs off a script from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). It is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016. Here’s the full Doctor Strange synopsis:

From Marvel comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Last Updated: October 20, 2016

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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