It’s been a fantastic week for trailers so far, following the MTV Movie Awards and the release of new footage from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as the Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One, and another look at Suicide Squad. Today, we’ve got another new trailer to sink our teeth into, in the form of the first teaser for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which will introduce everyone’s favourite TV detective Benedict Cumberbatch, into the MCU.
For those of you who aren’t aware – and given Doctor Strange isn’t one of the bigger names in Marvel’s roster, I’ll forgive you for not being – the film revolves around Doctor Stephen Strange, a reknowned and successful surgeon who’s involved in an almost-fatal car accident, which causes him to reassess his life and seek out ‘something more’. On his travels, he meets Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One, who sets him on his mystical path by unlocking his superhero powers, prompting him to become The Sorceror Supreme, Doctor Strange.
There’s loads of big names involved in the film outside of Cumberbatch and Swinton, including Mads Mikkelson, who of course played the titular role in the Hannibal TV series and who’ll also be seen this year in Star Wars: Rogue One. Backing him up is The Martian and 12 Years a Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Strange’s archnemesis.
Doctor Strange is one of the most mystical Marvel properties – and in a completely different way to the mysticism and fable of Thor’s world – so I’m super-excited to see this one come to the big screen. Benedict Cumberbatch is an incredible actor and to see him integrated into the MCU is a massive thrill for me! It’s almost certainly a long way off, but I can’t wait to see him fighting toe-to-toe alongside his fellow Avengers when Infinity War rolls around in 2018 and 2019.
Cumberbatch has literally just finished wrapping principal production on Doctor Strange last week, and he’s now back on British soil filming Sherlock, so there’s going to be no shortage of him on our screens towards the latter half of 2016 and the first months of 2017, which is certainly good news for his fans!
Doctor Strange is released in the UK on 28 October 2016 – just before it hits US cinemas on 4 November.