As Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with Captain America: Civil War in May 2016, a new superhero franchise also kicks off with Doctor Strange later in the year in November. Doctor Strange is one of the most mysterious and anticipated superhero movies in 2016.
While Doctor Strange landed director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) in June 2014, it didn't fill out its cast until a few months ago - with Chiwetel Ejiofor set as the film's villain Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton as Strange's mentor The Ancient One, and Rachel McAdams, who is rumored to played Night Nurse, Strange's love interest. Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch was the first to be cast as Doctor (Stephen) Strange himself - and now we're getting a first look at the future Sorcerer Supreme.
Production on Doctor Strange is now underway in Nepal, with Cumberbatch having been spotted as a rather shaggy looking Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (who was once a brilliant neurosurgeon), on location in the country. You really can't get much from the set photo, but it appears that they are shooting scenes for Strange's origin story - namely, after the car accident that drastically damaged his hands and rendered them unusable for surgery.
Check out the set photo of Cumberbatch and the Doctor Strange production (captured by Twitter user @Technicalyright), below:
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Much like Tony Stark, Stephen Strange is very wealthy, but used almost all of his money to search for a cure for his hands. Strange travels around the world, as he meets with The Ancient One, who teaches him the mystical arts, in Nepal. But unlike Tony Stark, Strange will be at the forefront of magic and mystery in the MCU instead of science and technology.
The character Doctor Strange is not for everyone. While fans of the comic book are in small numbers, they are extremely enthusiastic and excited for the new film. It's unclear how he will translate to general moviegoers, but he might be considered as a breath of fresh air in the MCU. The new movie has a good director and cast behind it too, so it will be interesting to see how people will take to Doctor Strange's weirdness and mystical nature.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.