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A ´Strange´ Addition to Marvel

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On November 4, Marvel released its new movie,
Dr. Strange. This movie introduces a new hero in the form of famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Strange loses the use of his hands in a car accident and goes to various lengths to repair them, even going so far as to travel to Nepal to meet the mysterious Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), who is rumored to have extraordinary healing skills. Once there, Strange is thrown (quite literally) into a world of magic and inner strength, working to become a master sorcerer and heal his hands. Along the way, he learns of Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), a rogue sorcerer working to destroy the three sanctums protecting the world from the powerful Dormammu (Cumberbatch), a being determined to suck Earth into the Dark Dimension. Strange must learn to master his powers and save the world from this shadowy threat.

The movie features stunning visual effects that both ensnare and confuse the senses. Several of these scenes, including an out-of-body experience for Strange, have the bright colors, psychedelic motion, and the the unique neuron-like shapes (in the Dark Dimension) that perfectly mimic the style of Steve Ditko, the original creator of the Dr. Strange comics. Other special effects evoke artists like M.C. Escher and Rube Goldberg, and an unforgettable folding city straight out of the 2010 hit, Inception. More impressively, director Scott Derrickson kept the action moving, never focusing on the effects for too long, making sure that fans will notice something new with every viewing.

Dr. Strange was well-received by critics and fans alike, grossing a total of $657.8 million worldwide, and became the biggest character-introduction film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Benedict Cumberbatch, well-known for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014) and in BBC´s Sherlock, was the perfect fit for the arrogant surgeon-turned-hero. Unlike other arrogant Marvel characters, such as Tony Stark, Strange quickly learns to let go of hubris. After his career is destroyed, he must become a student at the mercy of the Ancient One, and learns the price of power. This distinction is what separates Strange from the other arrogant geniuses that dot the superhero canvas.

Perhaps most enjoyable was the magic, something hard to come by in the pseudo-science world of Marvel. Long, drawn-out scenes explaining how different things work often slow down the plot and bore audiences. It was refreshing to see Marvel let magic take control and not weigh down the plot with lengthy lectures.

Marvel´s Dr. Strange is a stunning and mystifying addition to the world of superheroes, capturing the art and spirit of the comics as well as using visual effects to bring a new layer of fantasy to the MCU. Bulldog Times rates this movie five out of five paws.


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A ´Strange´ Addition to Marvel