When Marvel announced they were bringing a new superhero to the MCU called Doctor Strange I was like, “Who?” Like I always say, I don’t read the Marvel comics and I didn’t know the major characters in the Marvel universe except for Captain America and Iron Man and so this new superhero named Doctor Strange was, well, strange for me. I didn’t know who he was, I didn’t know why his superhero name was Doctor Strange, and I was just confused. Then they announced that the superhero was going to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch and I was even more shocked. Benedict Cumberbatch? The actor who played Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness and Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? He was going to be a superhero? I didn’t think Marvel could make it work. And then I watched the movie and I was an instant Doctor Strange fan.
He was charismatic and funny, thoughtful and heroic, and he had hands down the coolest superhero cape ever created! Doctor Strange was such an amazing character that I was counting down the days until Thor: Ragnarok so I could see him again. And now he’s finally returning in Avengers: Infinity War and I couldn’t be more excited. So today on this segment of The Evolution of it’s time to look at how he has evolved since the beginning of his story.
Doctor Strange (2016)
At the beginning of Doctor Strange Mr. Strange was one of the worst people you could meet. Yes he was a rich and very important doctor but he was also mean and incredibly narcissistic. In short; he was a pain in the butt. He thought he was too good for those lesser than him and he looked at life with no thankfulness whatsoever. He thought he was God’s gift to man and that ultimately backfired on him as he got himself into a near death accident and lost the use of his hands. The only sense of compassion in him appeared when he interacted with Christine, an old flame of his who dumped him because, well, he was a jerk. In those brief interactions with her you see that he could be a good person but his obnoxious, nasty attitude kept getting in the way.
When he went to Kathmandu to be healed he still acted like he was above everything and everyone and knew the secrets of the universe but that would soon change. After The Ancient One showed him things that he couldn’t possibly understand the beginning of his transformation as a person began. He learned to listen rather than speak, he discovered that the universe didn’t revolve around just him, and he learned that he needed to take that revolting attitude of his down a notch.
One of my favorite parts of the movie is when The Ancient One strands him on Mount Everest. Because he was still rebelling against the fact that the use of magic didn’t come from the physical conscience but rather the more spiritual side of things she left him up there to either die a terrible frostbitten death or surrender to the deeper side of him he wanted to believe didn’t exist. He could’ve died if he had chosen to not listen and remain that narcissistic man that he believed could solve any situation but he evolved, surrendering to the flow of magic coursing through his veins instead of trying to stem it because he thought it wasn’t possible. After this scene Doctor Strange is a different man. He’s more composed and thoughtful, he cares about the world and wants to learn more about magic, but not for selfish reasons but rather just a pupil’s curiosity.
As the movie progressed Doctor Stephen Strange grew more and more. Especially after he obtained his relic, the awesome cape buddy. That was when he really began to resemble that of a hero. What made me like Doctor Strange the most, however, was his unwillingness to kill his foes which made sense. He’s a doctor! Of course he wouldn’t want to kill anybody! That’s a trait that you don’t see in other heroes and it made him excitingly unique.
By the end of the movie he had saved the world, he had learned what mattered most to him which happened to be Christine (she didn’t leave her life to go with him so…oops,) and he had willingly taken on the mantle of Master of the New York Sanctum, a choice he would’ve never made at the beginning of the film. Doctor Strange had truly changed but his journey hadn’t ended. It was only the beginning.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
He made a brief appearance in Thor: Ragnarok and while there wasn’t anything blatantly different about his character it was cool seeing him truly taking on the role of possible-future Sorcerer Supreme as he felt extra mysterious and strange in the presence of the mighty Thor. (The mighty part was meant as a joke. But Thor is powerful though. :))
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
When Doctor Strange returns in Infinity War (which is going to be AWESOME!!!!!) he’ll have to stand alongside the Avengers in an attempt to save the world from Thanos and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m excited to see if he’ll unleash some new spells because that would be really cool.
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