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"What if I told you the reality you know is one of many?"
Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]

Doctor Strange is a 2016 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Doctor Strange. It is the fourteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also being the second installment of Phase Three.


From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of the 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 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.[7]


Stephen Strange is the world's top neurosurgeon until he is involved in a car accident that crushes his hands. For months, he spends his resources to look for a means to regain full control of his hands, but to no avail. Then one day, Strange learns of Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk. After an encounter with Pangborn, Strange heads to Kamar-Taj in KathmanduNepal, to seek out the immortal Ancient One. There, he is introduced to the world of magic and alternate dimensions. He also learns that the Ancient One's society has the task of defending Earth from evils from other dimensions, with sanctums located in New York City, London, and Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Kaecilius, a former disciple of the Ancient One, steals a few pages of the Book of Cagliostro from Kamar-Taj's library as part of his scheme to summon Dormammu of the Dark Dimension to Earth. He and his minions attack the library, sending Strange into the New York Sanctum; there, after a battle, Strange manages to immobilize Kaecilius with the aid of the Cloak of Levitation. Kaecilius reveals to Strange that the Ancient One gains her immortality by drawing power from the Dark Dimension. Lucian, one of Kaecilius's minions, attacks Strange and badly wounds him, forcing Strange to teleport to his hospital so that his ex-lover Christine Palmer can perform surgery on him. Strange assists in the procedure via astral projection, but Lucian's own astral projection attacks him. Strange manages to kill Lucian with electrical energy after Palmer gives his body a strong defibrillation, after which he returns to the Sanctum to aid Karl Mordo in battling Kaecilius in the Mirror Dimension. The Ancient One appears and engages in battle with Kaecilius, but is mortally wounded. Strange rushes her to the hospital, but she accepts her death and passes away.

Strange and Mordo are transported to Hong Kong, but they are too late, as Kaecilius has destroyed the city's Sanctum. Using the Eye of Agamotto, Strange reverses time to restore the city and the Sanctum before personally confronting Dormammu in the Dark Dimension. Dormammu kills Strange, but soon realizes that Strange has used the Eye to create an infinite time loop, trapping Dormammu and himself in the same repeating moment. Dormammu accepts Strange's bargain to leave Earth and take the souls of Kaecilius and his minions with him in return for freedom from the loop. With that, Dormammu whisks away Kaecilius and his minions and Earth is saved. With the Ancient One gone, Strange becomes Sorcerer Supreme, but Mordo, disillusioned by the revelation that the Ancient One was breaking her own rules by drawing power from the Dark Dimension, abandons the society. It is also revealed that the Eye of Agamotto is the Infinity Stone of Time.

Later, Strange is paid a visit by Thor, who asks for his help in searching for Odin. Meahwhile, Mordo visits Pangborn and takes away the magic that cured him of his paraplegia.





  • Theft of the Book of Cagliostro
  • Attack on the Sanctorums
    • Battle of the New York Sanctorum
    • Skirmish on the Astral Dimension
    • Chase of the Zealots
    • Battle of the Hong Kong Sanctorum
    • Duel on the Dark Dimension



Sentient Species




Kevin Feige only had this to say, "I think 'Dr. Strange' would kick ass. I think we've done very well at the superhero genre, if you will, this street level superhero aspect of the Marvel Universe. I think with Thor you'll see us cracking into the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe in a very good way that's never been done before in our movies and I'd love to get into that supernatural element. I think that Dr. Strange could be a good way of being the lynchpin to that universe with Werewolf By Night, with Blade again someday – that side of the Marvel Universe."

In January 2013, Kevin Feige spoke about characters he considered might be going into development in Phase 3, "Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He's a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he's totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians Of The Galaxy."

On June 3, 2014 Scott Derrickson tweeted that his next movie will be Doctor Strange, and that casting directors were looking at Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role.

In August, 2014, conflicting reports were given as to the plot of the movie, whether or not it would be an origin story.[24]

In September 2014, the film was announced to begin shooting in May 2015 at Pinewood-Shepperton studios in the UK.[25]

On August 29, 2014, it was announced that Joaquin Phoenix entered final negotiations.[26]

On October 1, 2014, it was announced that talks with Phoenix have ended and the studio is actively searching for their lead actor.[27] In December 2014, Deadline reported that Phoenix never had a deal with Marvel Studios.[28] On October 27, 2014, it was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch was in final negotiations to play Doctor Strange.[29] At the end of October, it was announced on the Marvel Event Liveblog it will be released on November 4, 2016.[30]

On December 4, 2014, Marvel finalized its deal with Benedict Cumberbatch to portray Stephen Strange.[31]

On January 22, 2015, it was reported that Marvel is looking to cast Chiwetel Ejiofor in an unspecified role.[32] On June 11, 2015, Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast as Baron Mordo.[33]

On July 14, 2015, Tilda Swinton was cast as the Ancient One.[34]

On 15 August, 2015, at D23, Kevin Feige confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton have joined the cast of Doctor Strange as Karl Mordo and the Ancient One, respectively, while also showing off new concept art for the series that gave fans their first look at the design of star Benedict Cumberbatch's costume.[35]

According to Variety, Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the villians in the film. While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly.[36] Marvel officially announced Mikkelen's role when they announced that the movie had began production.[1]

On July 23, 2016 at the San Diego Comic-Con, the second trailer was released.








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