With September coming to a close, that means Doctor Strange is just over a month away from hitting theaters. The latest film to be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to open up the mystical corners of the universe, which will be very different from what fans have come to expect. As the release date moves closer, the final stages of promotion have started. Recently, TV spots have continued to be released, alongside the cast showcased on magazine covers.
The majority of the promotional campaign has so far focused on Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead, as well as his allies of Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). There has also been a steady presence of Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), but very little of Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). Luckily for both of them, they are the stars of the two newest images from the film.
As part of their newest Doctor Strange heavy edition, Empire has released two more stills from the movie. One features Kaecilius simply standing in a church, a location that has he routinely been shown in throughout the marketing. The other shows Strange seemingly paying Palmer a visit during a shift at the hospital, but this could be the first time they have seen each other in quite some time.
While there is not much to gather from the picture of Kaecilius, the hint of grey that Strange now has in his hair indicates that this encounter is post training. In every scene shown prior to him training with The Ancient One, Strange has no sign of grey in his hair, but here he does. This could be one of Strange's first stops after completing his training and going back home. If that is the case, it should be interesting to see how he explains to a nurse that he can now fully use his crippled hands.
It does not appear as if McAdams will have a substantial role in Doctor Strange, but instead be the character that follows along with the audience in learning of who Strange is becoming. They are clearly close based on her only being shown in scenes with Strange to this point. Their relationship could develop into more of a romantic one by the end of the film, but it does not appear to be the case so far. Regardless of the level of the characters' relationship, hopefully McAdams is given a substantial enough role to validate her presence in the film and moving forward.
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 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.