Strange Times in the Universe

5 Nov

Blog Post #196

Marvel has done it again — its latest film adaptation of a comic book character — hit the screen on Friday, November 4th to huge box office success.

The newest superhero to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is based on one of the lesser known comic book heroes, Dr. Strange.

Stephen Vincent Strange, brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon, first appeared in Marvel’s Strange Tales #110 published in 1963.  After a tragic accident, which ended his medical career, Dr. Strange sought healing in the ancient mystic teachings found in Nepal. Under the tutelage of the Ancient One, Dr. Strange masters the magical eastern arts to become a superhero battling the forces of evil determined to destroy Earth.

The blockbuster live action film was a mesmerizing, visually stunning and dazzling origin story. Led by an impressive cast, including the imminent Benedict Cumberbatch, as Dr. Strange and the amazing, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One — the movie did not fail to deliver an action packed, engrossing and thoroughly entertaining tale. There was science, magic, redemption and fantasy all packaged in a surreal narrative of mystic proportions — and of course, Marvel’s traditional campy humour and witty quips.

I love Marvel movies — they are escapism at its best, with everything that I expect from a superhero film — from larger than life characters, riveting action, to the anticipated fight between good and evil — and Dr. Strange was no exception. The only regret I have is that I chose not to see the movie in 3D — I’m sure that it would have been amazing and I feel as if I missed out.

Guess I’ll have to see it again, this time with the funny glasses!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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