The Marvel Cinematic Universe recently launched its Phase 3 with the debut of Captain America: Civil War, the third installment in the Captain America series that saw the Star Spangled Man face off with his Avengers teammate Iron Man over the rights of super-powered individuals around the world. Next, the MCU is heading into the realm of mysticism with the debut of the Sorcerer Supreme’s solo outing, Doctor Strange, later this year.
Since Doctor Strange is Marvel Studios’ next big release, the film unsurprisingly had a big presence at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. In addition to collectibles on the show floor, and Stephen Strange himself Benedict Cumberbatch surprising fans in the Hall H line, Doctor Strange was also the centerpiece of Marvel Studios’ Saturday presentation where a new trailer and poster were unveiled.
During the Marvel Studios panel where studio head Kevin Feige teased many of the upcoming releases in the MCU, a new trailer for Doctor Strange was unveiled (above) along with a poster that you can check out below:
Both the trailer and the poster for Doctor Strange focus on the film’s mystic elements, particularly the portals through which the Sorcerer Supreme travels and the final battle sequence taking place in New York City – the trailer even features a shot of Strange and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) running through the streets as seen in photos from the set. On the whole, the trailer seems to be selling average moviegoers or Marvel Comics fans less knowledgeable about Doctor Strange on the MCU’s first mystical film, as evidenced by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton)’s speech concerning the mystic arts.
Additionally, we see more of Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, film’s major antagonist who was a former student under the Ancient One’s tutelage, and introduces himself to the viewer by proclaiming, “I am death, and pain.” The character seems to be the instigator of the final act battle in NYC, promising Strange: “You’ll die protecting this world.” But, we’re still given little to go on in terms of Kaecilius’ character and it remains to be seen whether Marvel will improve upon their tendency toward underdeveloped villains.
Still, though the trailer does tease more of the action in what appears to be the third act of the film, there is also a hint of the Marvel Studios’ trademark humor in the final scene – Mordo offers Strange a scrap of paper and upon Strange’s confusion explains, “It’s the wifi password; we’re not savages.” Certainly, if Cumberbatch’s hero can entertainingly come together with the mysticism, action, villain, and humor in Doctor Strange, the film could prove to be another success for Marvel Studios.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016;Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Marvel, Twitter