Benedict Cumberbatch is Stephen Strange, the world’s top neurosurgeon, unfortunately injured in a car accident that ruins his career, but helpfully letting him discover the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. This leads him to set out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One (Ben Kingsley as Tilda Swinton), who later becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts.
I’m very tempted to see this one on the big IMAX screen at the Odeon Manchester Printworks, which is the second biggest IMAX screen in Europe and only slightly smaller than the BFI IMAX, since if the visuals are as regular in the film as they are in this trailer, then it’ll be quite a treat.
The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong and Amy Landecker.
Scott Derrickson directs a screenplay from C Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts, based on the comic book by Steve Ditko. Derrickson is also responsible for 2014’s Deliver Us from Evil, and before that, Sinister and erm… the The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 remake.
That said, while I’m no kind of Marvel aficionado, it looks pretty snazzy, and has to be a step up from the charmless Chris Evans as Captain America! As well as more interesting than Batman V Superman!
Doctor Strange, featuring the man I like to call BenCum, is released in the UK on October 28th, while the US won’t get to see it until November 4th. Both dates are a Friday and we’re a long way off, so I expect it’ll shift about by a day or two, depending on when the autumn half-term holidays fall.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image: