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Retro Review: Doctor Strange

Retro Review: Doctor Strange

This is our MarvelBlog Retro Review of Doctor Strange…and there’s a Marvel character I’m not sure we’re supposed to like.

In fact, during the first season of What If…?, this character turns heel and almost devours the multiverse. Does that sound like a hero to you?

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Yes, Stephen Strange has always danced dangerously close to the flames, which explains why he has such a divisive reputation among Marvel fans.

In today’s retro review, I will re-evaluate Doctor Strange, which is somehow one of my least favorite MCU movies while possessing one of the best climaxes.

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Tony Stark by Another Name

Preternaturally gifted. Impossibly arrogant. Super-rich playboy.

All these words could describe Tony Stark, the self-professed Iron Man whose charisma anchored the first generation of the MCU.

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If it ain’t broke, why fix it? That’s the underlying thought process behind Doctor Strange, as all those same generalities apply to Stephen Strange…and Batman.

Don’t mistake the point here. Bruce Wayne debuted decades ahead of these characters, and his influence remains unmistakable in Marvel even now.

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In fact, an upcoming MCU series, Moon Knight, will introduce a third character along these lines. So, Marvel believes the system works.

With Doctor Strange, the story shows how thin the line between darkness and light is, especially for potentially evil sorcerers.

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The villain in the piece is Master Kaecilius, a former student of the Ancient One who has since decided he would like ultimate power for his own.

If that means beheading a few librarians, so be it. He’s saving a fortune on late fees, too.

The idea here centers on the dangers of blatant power grabs by evil wizards, something any videogame player understands.

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However, the unlikely person to stop Kaecilius is a muggle surgeon named Stephen Strange.

He has it all, including a girlfriend who starred in The Notebook and a sports car that you probably can’t even afford in Forza, much less real life.

Doctor Strange also employs the “rebel who plays by his own rules” cliché. A different surgeon at the hospital hates the good (?) doctor and rails against his practices.

Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE..Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)..Photo Credit: Film Frame ..©2016 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Because of the rules of Hollywood, the less attractive, rules-oriented person is obviously in the wrong, even though literally every criticism he makes of Strange is valid.

That’ll teach you to follow the rules and not be naturally handsome, Poindexter!

Dude’s even named Nicodemus. Come on!

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The Disruption

Arrogant protagonists in fancy sports cars have a 100 percent chance of car crashes in Hollywood. It’s ironclad celluloid law.

Sure enough, Icarus flies too close to the sun while looking at a patient’s x-ray on his iPad. Soon, he’s in surgery himself and awakens to discover his hands destroyed.

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Therein ends the surgical career of one Stephen Strange. Of course, like so many of us during The Great Resignation, the doctor finds a new career path.

He learns of a mystical place known as Kamar-Taj, where he might find a cure for his affliction.

Unbeknownst to Strange, he meets The Ancient One, who serves him tea and holistic logic. Also, Mordo is there.

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You can think of him as a self-loathing sorcerer who does magic but wants to see all magic eliminated from the universe. It’s the MCU equivalent of those heinous conversion therapy camps.

In a huge, shocking twist, Mordo will turn heel by the end of this film. And if you’re surprised by that, I don’t know how you get out of bed in the morning. The rising sun must blow your mind.

Anyway, we get lots of mystical crap wherein Strange gets his soul literally knocked out of his body, an Ancient One specialty.

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He also transverses the universe, watches stars explode, and rotates in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The whole thing is basically a Pink Floyd show at the planetarium, and you’re chasing the dragon. HARD.

Doctor Strange earned an Academy Award nomination for its visual effects and legitimately should have won over Jungle Book.

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Doctor Strange vs. the People with Bad Eye Makeup

The story, on the other hand, is decidedly lesser Marvel. I just cannot get past how predictable and paint-by-numbers it is.

I suspect that director Scott Derrickson recognized this fact and tried to disguise the problem through the glinty special effects.

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The casting also helps. I’ve been on the Tilda Swinton bandwagon ever since The Deep End, which I ranked in my top three for 2001.

She’s never been more entertaining or decidedly commercial than during her time in the MCU. She IS the Ancient One and makes the character compelling.

Even though Mordo isn’t fully developed as a frenemy, Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the greatest living actors and chews the scenery here.

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I’d like to say that the incredibly talented Rachel McAdams is more than just The Girlfriend here, but I cannot tell that lie.

If you want to watch her act, you should pick Spotlight or Disobedience instead. She’s also terrific in Red Eye, an underrated suspense thriller.

Of course, the story lives and dies with Benedict Cumberbatch. He has since made Stephen Strange his own so much that nobody ever talks about replacing him.

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I mean, we’ve got new Hawkeyes and Captain Americas and Black Widows and even a new Sorcerer Supreme. Doctor Strange remains proprietary.

This cast is so good that Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong, and Mads Mikkelson are almost incidental to it…and Mikkelson is playing the villain in the piece!

Speaking of which, Marvel continues its trend of one bad guy with several faceless underlings, only the underlings have faces this time. And terrible eye makeup.

I guess the idea is that all the evil has sucked the souls out of their bodies through their eyes or something? I dunno. It’s weird and silly and hard to take seriously.

The Salvation of Doctor Strange

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You can tell that I have MANY problems with Doctor Strange. Even so, I love two scenes in the film.

One involves the surgery McAdams’ character performs on Strange, the one with astral projection. It’s funny.

Also, as far as secret identity reveals go, it’s definitely the most unusual one to date. And the falling mop at the end is a REALLY good joke.


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Then, we watch as the Ancient One accepts her fate and passes into the next plane of existence. It’s profound, especially because she wants to watch the snow.

How relatable is that? We all prioritize those singular moments of beauty.

Still, everyone realizes what matters most in Doctor Strange. It’s the odd negotiation between Dormammu and the Sorcerer Supreme.

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Derrickson’s directorial career started with horror, as that’s where he made his bones. So, it’s fitting that he would choose a Lovecraftian monster for the end.

Strange flies into some unimaginable alien realm, the Dark Dimension, and then…dies repeatedly. The cartoon violence in these sequences is hysterical.

Somehow, Dormammu becomes the victim of this story, trapped in a time loop of murder. The fact that he’s the perpetrator, not the victim, proves irrelevant.

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Dormammu has lost his power and control in the Dark Dimension, and that’s what matters.

Eventually, the god-like entity capitulates because of nothing more than the concept of time.

Meanwhile, the thematic nature of Doctor Strange resonates here. He’s someone defined by his pain, and not just symbolically.

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Doctor Strange switches from derivative to unforgettable during those final few minutes of the film. I’m in awe of that.

However, I’m also frustrated that we didn’t get an entire movie along those lines. That’s why I’m so excited for the sequel.

Overall, Doctor Strange remains a B+ movie with an A+++ ending.

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Everything you need to know about Wolverine


Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically in conjunction with the X-Men. His real name is James Howlett, but he also goes by the aliases Logan and Weapon X.

How did Wolverine Became Popular?

Origin of Wolverine by Paul Jenkins Wolverine, the ol’ Canucklehead, has certainly evolved from the idea of a Canadian superhero to being the finest at what he does. Wolverine, a comic book character whose stern, aggressive demeanor established the bar It became quickly obvious that his initial yellow-and-blue clothing did not conjure up images of a furious the early 21st century…

James Howlett – Wolverine – Logan – Weapon X

Here is some facts about Wolverine

Habitat. These hardy creatures live alone and require a lot of space to wander.
Diet. Wolverines are stubborn, so while they occasionally consume vegetarian food like plants and berries in the summer, it does not constitute a significant portion of their diet.

What role does Wolverine play in X-Men Apocalypse?

Professor Charles Xavier invites Wolverine to join up for his new superhero-mutant team, called the X-Men, where Logan creates a close friendship with Cyclops and Jean Grey. Later it was discovered that Xavier, erased Logan’s memory and forced him to join the X-Men team by purpose. Professor X had to delete all Wolverine memories because he was sent to kill X-Men team leader a.k.a. – Charles Xavier.

Cyclops and Jean Grey

James Howlett (Wolverine) is also called Logan and Weapon X. He is a mutant with three retractable claws in each hand and animal-keen senses. He also has heightened physical powers, a strong regeneration ability known as a healing factor, and animal-keen senses.

Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine a.k.a. Logan

So Wolverine is from DC (Detective Comic) or MCU ( Marvel Cinematic Universe)?

Offten fans wonder is Wolverine a DC or a Marvel hero? Well, Wolverine was allegedly inspired by the DC superhero Timberwolf. Due to his ability to heal, the color of his outfit, and his hair, he is Wolverine’s polar opposite. The only thing that separates them is their claws, which are quite similar to each other despite Timberwolf’s sharp claws not being like Wolverine’s retractable ones. But, officially Wolverine was created for Marvel Comics by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita.

What is Wolverine’s history?

Did you know that Wolverine actually are father to Jimmy Hudson? James Hudson and Wolverine served together in the Iraq War, and James was given guardianship of Wolverine’s infant kid. To make the adoption legitimate, Jimmy’s surname name was changed from Howlett to Hudson. Jimmy’s origins were kept a mystery up until his senior year of high school. Wolverines son – Jimmy didn’t realize he was a mutant when he was a child, but he always felt unique and rejected the idea that he might be one.

In movies we saw that Hugh Jackman who played Logan in several movies, had to play very different scenario/story line whan it’s in comic books. For the first time Wolverine appeared in our TV screens in 2009. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) showed us remarcable MCU story line with new characters. At the movie we saw that Logan a.k.a. Wolverine was made in laboratory. But did you know that in comics, originally he got such powers from his birth parent.

Just to clarify, who is Wolverine?

Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, typically in conjunction with the X-Men. His real name is James Howlett, but he also goes by the aliases Logan and Weapon X.

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Wolverine and Deadpool

Who is Deadpool in Wolverine?

One of the worse films in the Fox X-Men film series is frequently cited as X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And the portrayal of Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, in the movie has drawn some of the most severe criticism. Fans were ecstatic to see The Merc With the Mouth on the big screen when it was released in 2009.

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All information you need to know about Deadpool

If you’ve been on the Internet lately, you’ve definitely noticed some peculiar advertising for a superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds. Funny, but Ryan Reynol’d’ attractive face 90% of the movie time was hidden.

Why Deadpool always wear a mask? Why is the hip-hop music so strange and off-key? Why so much profanity? Because, ladies and gentlemen, this is Deadpool, a superhero who takes great pleasure in the bizarre.

We’re here to fill you in on the latest Marvel Comics superhero movie, which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Hold on to your chimichangas because this is going to be a wild journey.

Deadpool: Who is he?


Deadpool, actual name Wade Wilson, is an aggressive mercenary with a strong background in martial arts and swordplay. He was given fast healing abilities through the Weapon X program, effectively rendering him immortal.

Deadpool’s entire body appears to be extensively scarred since his cancerous cells regenerate just as quickly as his regular cells due to the fact that he was diagnosed with cancer at the time of the Weapon X experiment (and possibly wreaking havoc on his brain chemistry). The whole face mask is the result. And the power to sarcastically leave while being beheaded.

Fun Fact: Deadpool enjoys chimichangas a lot.

What connection does Deadpool have to the X-Men?


Deadpool originally joined the New Mutants, a group of young X-Men, as a supervillain, but over time, he evolved into an antihero who fought alongside Wolverine, the X-Men, and even a few Avengers.

Before acquiring his regenerative abilities, Wade Wilson, a chatty mercenary, appeared as Deadpool on the big screen. Reynolds portrayed him in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and even though the film wasn’t that great and fans bemoaned the muting of the infamously nicknamed “Merc with a Mouth,Reynolds made enough of an impression in both of those and in the leaked Deadpool test footage that the studio wanted him for a second go-round.

What’s up with Deadpool?

With an eerie similarity to the DC Comics villain Deathstroke in terms of both outfit and abilities, Deadpool made his debut in The New Mutants comics in 1991. He was co-created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, and his name, Wade Wilson, is a play on Deathstroke’s true name, Slade Wilson.

Since his debut in the 1990s, Deadpool has quickly developed a devoted fan base among comic book readers and convention goers. Seriously, during conventions, everyone is dressed as Deadpool. Why? Because he breaks the fourth wall and is a humorous parody of well-known superheroes.

Deadpool frequently brings up the fact that he is in a comic book, much to the amusement of his readers and the consternation of his fellow comic book characters. The whole thing is turned into a meta-commentary joke as he even leans into his similarities to every other comic book character, including Deadshot, Deathstroke, and a loose version of Spider-Man.

Should You Read Any Deadpool Comics?


Short answer is Yes, Yes, Yes! You should try these one:

  • Deadpool, Volume The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (2013) features a humorous character team-up with Captain America and Wolverine as well as a Deadpool origin story.
  • X-Force Uncanny Vol. 1 (2011–2012): The mercenary’s first significant team-up and a more somber side (along with a costume change).
  • No partnership is better than that of the rambunctious and talkative Deadpool and the mute and stern part-cyborg Cable from the 2004 film Cable & Deadpool.
  • Joe Kelly’s Deadpool (1997–1999) is widely regarded as the archetypal version of the antihero and served as the start of the comic book character’s comedy career.
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Blade lost it’s director

Almost everyone is aware of what is going on with Warner Brother’s Flash movie. The movie had other issues before Ezra Miller’s weird string of detentions and accusations, though. The Flash was changing directors as quickly as Jay Garrick vibrating through solid objects before their current PR disaster with the movie’s leading man. In hindsight, The Flash’s director departure was the first sign that the movie was in trouble.


We are a little concerned because of the current news regarding the Blade movie. The entrance of Blade in the Marvel universe has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the franchise, along with the appearances of Deadpool, Wolverine, and Daredevil. Blade from 1998 was the first film to provide Marvel as a corporation the boost it needed before Iron Man became the MCU’s success trigger. In any case, the director in charge of bringing a vision of Blade to the MCU has made the decision to leave the project two months before filming is set to begin.

Variety has reported that Bassam Tariq is no longer the “Blade” director for Marvel Studios.

Tariq’s resignation is unexpected because filming on Marvel’s next film about the renowned comic book vampire slayer was supposed to start in November. Along with Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre in supporting roles, Mahershala Ali will play the lead in the movie. According to those with direct knowledge of the matter, Tariq will continue to be involved in “Blade” as an executive producer even if he will no longer be the director.

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