If I had been absolutely pressed to combine two movies in order to come up with my ideal Doctor Strange film, I think those two would end up being Inception and The Matrix. And in the first trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange film, that is exactly what we get. Take a look at the trailer below:
This is very much an origin story, and the trailer shows us that Strange will go through his transformation from arrogant surgeon to the Sorcerer Supreme over the course of the film. We don’t get to see much else at all – except that the world Strange inhabits will be filled with bizarre twists on reality brought about by magic. And if the filmmakers can capture that tone, Marvel should be in for another surefire hit.
The only major issue is, of course, the casting of Tilda Swinton. It was a bold choice to cast a woman as the Ancient One, but having a white person standing in the middle of a Tibetan monestary to teach magic to Benedict “The Whitest Man on the Planet” Cumberbatch is going to rub some people the wrong way. Swinton is amazing, and should put on a killer performance, but the orientalism of Strange’s origins is going to hurt this film a bit.
What do you think? Are you excited for Doctor Strange, or has Marvel finally lined up its first flop?
You can also check out the beautiful first poster for Doctor Strange, which Marvel released earlier today: