By Nylles Vernon | Staff Writer |
Marvel Studios seems to have another box office hit on its hands with the magic spell casting “Doctor Strange”, which is now in theaters nationwide.
The film is the second to be released in Marvel’s Phase Three of its gigantic and ever-growing Cinematic Universe, coming after “Captain America: Civil War.”
The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Steven Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One.
Dr. Steven Strange is the world’s most brilliant neurosurgeon who goes on a journey to find Kamar-Taj repair the use of his hands after a near fatal car accident.
During his journey, Strange’s faith and abilities are tested by the Ancient One, who tells him that she can teach him how to use the ways of the mystic arts to heal himself.
As he learns to harness this power, he realizes that he has the opportunity to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world and to do anything to protect it from dark forces.
Marvel is no stranger to CGI, as it is used heavily throughout most of the movie and shows how amazing the detail is put into the action and fight scenes
The film does a great job at fusing the old and new world together, with most of the cast wearing ancient robes and sandals, but still knowing how to use modern day technology.
The use of humor was also a key element that kept this film entertaining, light-hearted and interesting as it progressed.
In one scene during Strange’s first night in Kamar-Taj, Mordo hands him a piece of paper with the word “Shamballa” written on it.
Strange asks Mordo, “What is this, my mantra?” Mordo replies, “No. The WiFi password. We aren’t savages.”
If you’ve seen the trailers for the film, you might’ve seen that Marvel created a world within our world by having scenery bending and collapsing into each other, resembling a mirror image.
To avid movie goers this might be reminiscent of a technique that has been borrowed straight from the 2010 film “Inception.”
Introducing the conjuring of magic spells and combining them with various forms of martial arts was an aspect that made “Doctor Strange” unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As usual with every Marvel show and film, there are tons of Easter eggs for fans to find.
One of those is with Pink Floyd’s “Intergalactic Overdrive,” which is used for the more spaced themed scenes of the movie.
Even though “Doctor Strange” is a brand new face to the MCU, halfway throughout the movie you can already tell that he will play a much larger role in future Marvel films.
In the near future, “Doctor Strange” will be one of the links that connects The Avengers with the galactic world in order to fight off the evil villain Thanos, which is why this film is important to the Marvel franchise.
If you’ve been keeping up with the universe that Marvel is creating with “The Avengers,” “Ant-Man” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” then this film is the perfect way to hold you over until the next Marvel presentation.
With already grossing over $85 million on opening weekend, “Doctor Strange” proves that with the right amount of magic and faith, anything in this world or the next is possible.