Conquer yourself and you conquer the world. Or in this case, another world. Because there exist several worlds beyond our sight. Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant and accomplished neurosurgeon. Unfortunately, he also has the arrogance to match his giftedness, so when he accidentally crashes his car, severely damaging his hands—and career—beyond repair, it also severely dents his ego. Soon, Strange sets off on a worldwide journey in the hopes of finding an alternative cure for his injuries. He ends up in Tibet, where he meets the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), an androgynous mystic who shows him how little of our reality he understands, and how much more power he can harness to save lives by entering his higher consciousness. Of course, developing mystical superpowers along the way doesn’t hurt either. Brandishing his newfound abilities, as well as a renewed sense of humility and hope, Strange now enters a battle against an interdimensional enemy that threatens humankind. He also has to face fellow mystics Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and Baron Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), whose respective personal agenda aren’t quite aligned with his own.
BUZZ FEED: Although this will be his first outing in a solo movie, Doctor Strange has been teased in earlier movies, including Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Doctor Strange is a classic story of a person’s heroic awakening from tragedy, which starts from changing his own worldview. One could also say that it’s an onscreen depiction of the quote, “Heroes are made not born.” In this case, Strange remakes himself into one. Doctor Strange is the 14th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also stars Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Scott Adkins, and Benjamin Bratt. Marvel’s Doctor Strange is distributed in the Philippines by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures through Columbia Pictures. It opens October 26 in Philippine cinemas nationwide.