Dr. Strange? How the Movie Hero Is Different from the Comics

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Dr. Strange? Is Different from the Comics

Doctor Strange is a superhero that needs no introduction. Still if you need one, here is a brief one: Created by Steve Ditko, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange is a brilliant but extremely egotistical neurosurgeon who meets a car accident and ends up losing his ability to perform surgeries ever again. Devastated, he travels across the seven seas, to look for a way to fix his hands and get his surgical abilities back. This is how he meets an old Sorcerer who is referred to as the Ancient One. Being his student, Doctor Strange masters mystical as well as martial arts.

Described as the “Mightiest Magician in the Cosmos”, the Doctor has an avid fan base. From cartoon series to movies, Doctor Strange has made many debuts. And 2016 will not be the first time a Doctor Strange movie is to premiere. The first movie actually came out in 1978 in which Doctor Strange was a psychiatry resident and not a neurosurgeon. With the 2016 version of Doctor Strange all set to be released in November, should we expect to see any changes made in the movie that are not from the original storyline?

Let us have a look.

With leading actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing the role of Doctor Stephen Strange we are so far told that just like in the comic book, he plays the role of a talented surgeon who meets an unfortunate car accident and lose his skills. Just like the comic book, he then sets on a at the end of which he comes across the Ancient One.

The Ancient One then teaches him magic which makes the Doctor fit enough to defend Earth from all its supernatural threats. So far, the only difference we notice between the plot of the comic and that of the film is in the character of Baron Mordo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Mordo in the comic book is a complete villain throughout and throughout. However, in the movie his character is not entirely villainous.  Instead he is presented as an amalgamation of a number of characters.

We have not been told anything further because obviously that might be away certain big hints about the movie itself. Marvel fans all over the world are waiting for the movie’s premiere with batted breath. Critics are saying that it is going to be one of the most visually exciting movies ever to be produced under the banner of Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it is not just going to be the most visually exciting movie; people are betting that Doctor Strange will break all the records set by superhero movies of 2016.

That is saying a lot because earlier this year we had plenty of superhero movies making rounds. One superhero movie in particular Captain America: Civil War is a strong contender of being ranked as the superhero movie of the year. So will Doctor Strange beat Captain America too?

Only time will tell us that. 


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"I don't believe in fairy tales, about chakras or energy or the power of belief." ~ Dr. Stephen Strange "You wonder what I see in your future?..... Possibility! ~ The Ancient One

A Selection of Dr. Strange Quotes

Dr. Stephen Strange: [after Mordo hands him a card] What’s this? My mantra?

Baron Mordo: It’s the wi-fi password. We’re not savages.

The Ancient One: [to Dr Strange] You’re a man looking at the world through a keyhole. You’ve spent your trying to widen it. Your work saved the lives of thousands. What if I told you that reality is one of many?

Dr. Stephen Strange: I don’t believe in fairy tales,about chakras or energy or the power of belief.

The Ancient One: You wonder what I see in your ? Possibility.

Dr. Stephen Strange: [on magic] This doesn’t make any sense.

The Ancient One: Not everything does. Not everything has to.

Baron Mordo: Stephen Strange, might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know.

Wong: Be careful which path you now, Strange. Stronger men than you have lost their way.

The Ancient One: Through the mystic arts, we harness energy and shape reality.

 Baron Mordo: There is a strength to him.

Wong: But is he ready?

The Ancient One: I spent so many years peering through time… looking for you.

The Ancient One: Doctor Strange, you think you know how the world works. What if I told you, the reality you know… is one of many.

Dr. Stephen Strange: This doesn’t make any sense.

The Ancient One: Not everything does. Not everything has to.

The Ancient One: Through the mystic arts, we harness imaging and shape reality. We travel great distances in an instant.

The Ancient One: [to Doctor Strange] How did you become a doctor?

Dr. Stephen Strange: Study and practice, years of it.

Kaecilius: I am death… and pain. You’ll die protecting this world.

Dr. Stephen Strange: I can’t do this.

Baron Mordo: There is no other way.

The Ancient One: I’ve spent so many years, peering through time, looking… for you.

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