Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, a property like Doctor Strange deserves its own perspective, its own world envisioned by its director, Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson. In a time where Marvel seems to be really honing their formula and making some risky moves, such as getting the great Ryan Coogler to come on board for the intensely anticipated Black Panther movie, following his sensational Creed, now would be the time to make a strange pick to counterbalance the astounding efficiency action-genre pyrotechnics of the pretty solid Captain America: Civil War. And Doctor Strange is exactly the kind of character that would warrant a slightly risky stage on which to ponder infinity, reality, and all that good stuff.
Though we’re still waiting on a longer, more detailed trailer for the film, today brought news of another sort for Derrickson’s movie: an official synopsis. For those familiar with Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the description of the story won’t be particularly shocking in any way, but those unfamiliar might very well learn something. It’s still secretive enough to keep out anything revealing about the characters played by Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but it does give us at least one concrete setting: New York’s Greenwich Village. You can check out the entire synopsis right below (as well as the recently announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 synopsis here), and the film itself will be hitting theaters nationwide on November 4th.
Here’s the official synopsis for Doctor Strange:
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.