In the Marvel vs. DC debate, Marvel has already won 2016. That almost certainly worked as a starting pistol for DC fans to hit the comment section but there’s simply no way for me to see the legitimacy in the counter-argument to that. Where Captain America: Civil War was strikingly well directed, funny, and thrilling in its bigger fight and chase sequences, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was weighed down by its portentous nods to heady subject matter that essentially served as window dressing for a joyless and boring spectacle. And where Suicide Squad aimed for dark humor and landed in obnoxious nonsense, Deadpool delivered the pitch-black humor that has evaded comic book movies for so long.
Now, Marvel has one more opportunity to either further push their brand into more entertaining and ambitious realms with Scott Derrickson‘s upcoming adaptation of Doctor Strange, about a surgeon who becomes a mystical superhero following a car accident and a spiritual sojourn to Nepal. The latest featurette for the film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role alongside Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, walks us through the origins of Strange and what he must face by the end of the movie. The video, which you can take a look at below, features interviews from Kevin Feige, Ejiofor, Swinton, Cumberbatch, and co-star Rachel McAdams as well. Most of what’s divulged here is well known to those who have been following this movie, but the trippy, Inception-like imagery continues to amaze, even after seeing the same imagery more than a few times before. Despite some concerns about the script, Doctor Strange already looks like it will make Marvel three for three in 2016.
Here’s the latest Doctor Strange featurette:
Here’s the official synopsis for Doctor Strange:
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.