WB Yeats said, "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has rightly placed their first full-fledged movie on the backdrop of magic with a new super hero in the lead, exactly when the world is patiently waiting for something out of the box to appear in Hollywood.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who featured Doctor Strange, has certainly raised the bar at MCU. The movie is an absolute blend of science and fantasy. Mostly a singular, hallucinatory experience with hints of paradoxes. If you are still not a Marvel Movie fan, well it's definitely the time.
But what about the things you probably skipped about this movie? Here we are to take you right into that.
1. This Is Not The First Doctor Strange Movie
Well, strange enough to know, that this is not at all the first movie on 'Doctor Strange' to have hit the screen. In the September of 1978, the CBS network had aired a 93-minute television movie on 'Doctor Strange' starring Peter Hooten.
2. Actor Joaquin Phoenix Was The First Choice To Play Doctor Strange
Yes, you heard me right. It was actor Joaquin Phoenix, who was supposed to play the character of 'Doctor Strange' and not Benedict Cumberbatch. The producers wanted Joaquin Phoenix as the protagonist in the movie, but ultimately failed to get him on board due to a financial dispute.
Later on actors like Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and Jared Leto were approached for the role and it is only when they rejected, that Benedict Cumberbatch sealed the deal to become the Sorcerer Supreme.
3. The Character Was Supposed To Be Named as Mr. Strange
The Marvel Comics mastermind, 'Stan Lee', reveals that the character of 'Doctor Strange' was supposed to be named as Mr. Strange, but due to a clash of interest and titles in other comic stories, the Sorcerer Supreme was finally christened as Doctor Strange.
4. The concept of Magic in Doctor Strange has been derived from The Matrix (1999)
According to Marvel producer Kevin Feige, the concept of magic and the visual effects portrayed in the film has been inspired by Keanu Reaves starrer movie The Matrix (1999) and also the fantasy works of Hayao Miyazaki and Stanley Kubrick.
5. There Will Be No Origin Story
Marvel producer Kevin Feige discloses that they have no intention to bring any origin story to this movie Doctor Strange. It is most likely MCU is trying to pitch this magical movie in an uncharacteristic way. From the start of the film, the protagonist will be Doctor Strange.