Doctor Strange trailer thoughts

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe dives into yet another relatively dark corner with Doctor Strange.  The movie is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still 2008 remake and several horror movies), Benedict Cumberbatch (most movies that have come out in the last several years), Rachel McAdams (she’s been in at least one movie a year every year for the last fifteen years) and Tilda Swinton (every movie ever), so if the movie doesn’t work, it’s not going to be due to the cast.

I think the real questions are about what the audience is willing to tolerate at this point in the flooded comic book movie experience.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not tired of comic books movies, but I could see how some people might be.

See, not only is this yet another comic book movie origin story, but there is a lot of stuff in this trailer that we’ve seen before:

  1. a man suffers a tragedy and goes on a quest of self discovery (most superhero movies)
  2. and grows a scruffy beard (most superhero movies following Batman Begins)
  3. and gets trained by a wise old mentor… which is something of a standard thing in the hero’s journey, but it really looks like the first Matrix
  4. that one shot toward the end looks a lot like Inception – you know which one I mean

And another reason to be concerned is that Scott Derrickson’s movies aren’t exactly loved by anyone.

Of course, there are a lot of reasons to be hopeful about Doctor Strange:

  1. Great cast
  2. It’ll probably be at least passable because it doesn’t look like they’re trying to reinvent the wheel
  3. Man, does he look like the comic book!  That’s just fun!

Obviously, November is a while away, so we won’t know the true fate of this flick for six months, but for now, I think we can be cautiously optimistic about Doctor Strange until we have a reason not to be – there aren’t any red flags so far, but they’re not exactly waving us in, either.

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10 thoughts on “Doctor Strange trailer thoughts

  1. Actually, the writer of Batman Begins just took a Doctor Strange script he had lying around and rewrote it (no joke). There isn’t really much Marvel can do about it, this is Doctor Strange origin and has been long before batman Begins kind of stole it.

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      • It is a well-known fact though that Goya came close to selling a Doctor Strange script twice…once in 1995 and then again in 2001. Back then he said this: “I did write a script for Dr. Strange for Columbia about 6 years ago, but it didn’t go very well. There were elements of the story that I liked but, in all likelihood, I would start from scratch this time.” You will notice that he wrote Batman Begins after both projects, so if there are parallels between Batman Begins and Doctor Strange’s origin story, this is definitely the source.

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      • they’re definitely similar, no doubt about it

        when you do google searches, you get a lot of articles from 2014 saying that this movie will not be an origin story. i guess ideas change!

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      • Nah, the “there won’t be no more origin story” came from one questionable source. It would be bonkers to just throw Doctor Strange in there without explaining anything about his origin. Though I can imagine them starting the movie in-medias res, and throw in flashbacks this time around…this way they can start with the cool stuff….

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      • it’d be even funnier if they just introduced him in the middle of an Avengers movie and they’re like, “WTF are you?” and he’s like, “Uhm, magic… it’s complicated… rrr… let’s just work on this infinity gauntlet thing, shall we?”

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    • I saw someone mention it on a message board, so clearly, people heard this somewhere – and I was able to confirm that batman begins scribe David S. Goyer did write a doctor strange script in the 90s…

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