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Benedict Cumberbatch Kills It As Doctor Strange

The doctor is in the (movie) house, and he is beyond strange, blowing our minds in the trailer.

Benedict Cumberbatch Kills It As Doctor Strange
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Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange, who after a catastrophic car accident learns the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange acts as an intercessor between reality and what lies beyond that (countless worlds), demonstrating a talent for metaphysical abilities. Of course, the attendees at San Diego Comic-Con last week were first to see the trailer Marvel released for their upcoming Doctor Strange film and it does look a lot darker and more magical than we had ever imagined.

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Cumberbatch stars in this screen adaptation of the Marvel Comics and wanted to bring a level of humour to the character aside from the agony he suffers, which is major before his rise to becoming a superhero. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson, the filmmaker behind Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose and stars Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen. 

What the second trailer had was a glimpse at Tilda Swinton’s character as the Ancient One, while Doctor Strange learns how to use his new powers. Strange walks through mirrors, shoots bright sparks and fire from his hands and puts that iconic long red cape on before setting off to save the world.

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The trailer concentrates on the mentor/mentee relationship between Cumberbatch’s Strange and Tilda Swinton’s character who teaches him the ways of mysticism that allows him to travel through dimensions and time. This is quite a huge game-changer for Marvel, both in terms of story opportunities and visuals. In terms of appearance, Strange’s appearance will be justly faithful to the original Marvel comic books (well-managed facial hair, and pointy collars).

Here's the new Doctor Strange official trailer:

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During San Diego Comic-Con when asked whether playing Sherlock Holmes had assisted him in getting ready for the role of Doctor Strange, Sherlock actor/writer Mark Gatiss interrupted and said, “No, not really. Dr. Strange is…”, to which Cumberbatch replied, "No, no. Sherlock is a lot more effing strange than Strange, strangely enough. I think that's the difference: Strange is fully humanised. He does seek control through the perfection of his work. He's a workaholic, but he does have emotional ties and relationships."

"He’s a man of the sensory world, and Sherlock certainly is trying to curtail those appetites to concentrate on being the best consulting detective in the world. And culturally they’re utterly different," Cumberbatch added. "One’s very English, one’s very American."

The film is set to be released November 2016. And we are already mystified!

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