‘Doctor Strange’ First Clip: Benedict Cumberbatch Has an Out-of-Body Experience

     October 19, 2016

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We’re mere weeks away from the release of Doctor Strange on November 4. If the marketing campaign sticks with the same pattern of previous Marvel films, then that means there are a lot of clips and TV spots in our future. Today brings the first of them: a 34-second scene reveals Strange’s first foray into the astral plane, thanks to a little push from The Ancient One.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, an acclaimed neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands and travels to Nepal in a desperate search to heal them. What he finds instead is The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a powerful Celtic sorceress who trains Strange to become the Master of the Mystic Arts. His first lesson? Astral projection.

The first clip from the film shows Strange leaving his body in his astral form, but even then he needs some convincing that he’s not just tripping out from some weird joo joo tea. Watch the clip below (via ComicBook.com).

We’ve heard a lot about Doctor Strange’s psychedelic vibe in channeling famous images from acclaimed Marvel comic book artist Steve Ditko. Strange will be slipping into various dimensions, and based on the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man, we can imagine how mind-bending they’ll be. Astral projection is a baby step before we take a leap into the Inception-style New York City we glimpsed in the trailers.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange also features Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Mads Mikkelsen as the villain Kaecilius.

Here’s the official plot 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. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

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