It seems like forever ago, but there was a time when fans were concerned that Marvel Studios' disparate franchises wouldn't play well together. In the comics, Marvel paired men of science with Norse gods, super-spies, and a WWII legend. But before The Avengers hit the big screen in 2012, it seemed like a toss-up whether or not this strategy would work in live action. Five years later, the MCU prominently features a talking tree, a gun-toting raccoon, and a cosmically powered witch and android. It's safe to say that Marvel Studios have earned the right to go full "comic weird," and they're kicking that up to 11 this fall with Doctor Strange.
While even Thor's more mystical elements were reconciled as "advanced science," Benedict Cumberbatch has promised that won't be the case in Doctor Strange. “Magic is magic in this movie," he said in a recent interview. "There’s mystery to magic and there’s mystery to the tone of the movie. Mystery is a good thing.”
Now, Marvel has unveiled a brand new poster featuring the film's tagline "The Impossibilities are Endless." The mystery and magic are strong with this one.
While many of Strange's promotional materials have featured him in the Sanctum Sanctorum, this poster harks back to footage seen in the Comic-Con trailer -- an Inception-esque, reality bending, action sequence through multiple dimensions. This has assuaged fears that the film's rumored climax would be a by-the-numbers battle in New York City. As Tilda Swinton (who plays Strange's mentor, The Ancient One) so succinctly put it, it appears that "Marvel is going to pull some s*** out that no one's ever seen before."
With recent rumors that Strange may play a role in Thor: Ragnarok, and the high likelihood of his appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, it seems that the MCU will be delving into a new kind of impossible with this film. Hopefully, this will add unique story possibilities to a genre that only seems to be gaining steam with each passing year.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Doctor Strange as they hit.
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 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.