Doctor Strange is rapidly working its way up the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s already one of the most acclaimed movies in the MCU and it recently became one of Marvel’s most successful origin movies. Its popularity is now beginning to stretch into other aspects of American culture as it approaches “phenomenon” status. In a year dominated by more well-known Marvel and DC properties at the box office, the world is taking serious notice of Doctor Strange.
Marvel’s newest blockbuster still has a long way to go to reach the likes of Captain America: Civil War or Deadpool in the U.S. box office, but to see a lesser-known, more unconventional Marvel superhero experience such success is a welcome sight for fans. What the aforementioned movies do not have, however, is a gamified tribute thanks to CineFix’s popular “8-bit Cinema” series – Doctor Strange just became the first Marvel movie of the year to go retro.
CineFix released the 8-bit version of Doctor Strange on its YouTube page, and the result is as entertaining as the movie itself. It pays tribute to the film’s many memorable action scenes, including Doctor Strange’s first fight with Kaecilius (and his own cape) and the tripped-out battle in the mirror dimension through a warped, twisted New York City. Like any great adventure game would do, Doctor Strange’s final battle (as he comes to bargain with Dormammu) makes the whole thing worth it.
Doctor Strange marks just the third “8-Bit Cinema” to be released by CineFix in 2016. After taking most of the year off, CineFix gave the 8-bit treatment to Stranger Things and Halloween just in time for, well, Halloween. It’s the first Marvel movie since Guardians of the Galaxy in January 2015 to go retro. CineFix in the past year has gravitated toward dramas like The Revenant, or classics like Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park, for its 8-bit transformations.
CineFix doesn’t seem terribly interested in turning many Marvel or DC movies into 8-bit adventures. They’ve had plenty of opportunities in 2016, but decided to go the more unconventional route with their choices. Doctor Strange may fall outside the Marvel mainstream when compared to properties like Captain America, but the “8-Bit Cinema” version of Doctor Strange nonetheless affirms the movie’s popularity and pays proper tribute to its colorful, mind-bending action.
Of course, an 8-bit version of any superhero movie wouldn’t do the real version justice in terms of visuals. But with Doctor Strange, the feeling is especially pronounced. The movie’s trippy special effects and visuals can only be appreciated by seeing the real thing. But if CineFix’s 8-bit version of Doctor Strange were a real game, it would certainly be an adventure worth experiencing.