With issue #15 (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) hitting theaters in 48 hours, last night I rewatched issue #14 to get back in the Marvel mood. Doctor Strange is one of my favorite of the origin story movies. It’s such a simple, linear tale, but it almost has to be with the trippiness of the MCU’s mystical universe finally unveiled. The film wastes no time showing you how different magic is in the MCU than in other universes by opening the film with Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One fighting her rogue disciple Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) in a New York that’s shifting while they fight like it was being operated by a bemused entity with a really cool kaleidoscope handy. This reality-shifting of Marvel’s capitol city was my favorite part of the film, taken to even greater heights later when Mordo and Strange are running from Kaecilius and his zealots.
Marvel has said that the MCU is going to be very different post-Avengers 4. It may not work on the “phase” system. It may be just an interconnected universe without a strict plot through line. However it shakes out, Stephen Strange is going to be a big part of how it looks, and I can’t wait for the sequel now that we all know the players and the ground rules. Since Strange 2 is at least three years away, remember you’ll be seeing him in November’s Thor: Ragnarok and in Avengers: Infinity War. Seeing him interact with some of the established heroes is going to be a blast. I especially want to see this moment recreated from the comics.
It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Thor and Hulk. The former left on a quest to discover what was going on with the Infinity Gems (as we know Thanos is collecting them for his gauntlet), and Hulk flew off in the Quinjet after Black Widow broke his big, green heart. Thor 3, entitled Thor: Ragnarok, returns us to Asgard and it is a changed place indeed. Loki deposed Odin at the end of Thor: The Dark World, and it seems he’s lost his own place to Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Queen of the Norse Underworld. If Marvel has a consistent criticism it’s that it has focused on its heroes nearly to the exclusion of developing iconic villains (Loki aside). Hela is on a very different level of power than Loki or Malekith and she demonstrates that about 20 seconds into this awesome first look at the Marvel fall film.
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Doctor Strange was one of the roughly seventy blockbusters Disney released last year, continuing the most successful movie franchise of all-time with MCU installment #14, and introducing a very powerful new character into the mix. Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising the good Doctor in November’s Thor: Ragnarok, but you can get your Strange fix in February when the Blu Ray releases with a mess o’ special features (The one I most want to see is the continuing adventures of Thor and Kevin in Australia). Read below for Coming Soon’s detailing of what goodness awaits those who journey within the mystic blu ray box. Continue reading Doctor Strange Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features!!!
Sherlock Season 4 will premiere on the BBC January 1, 2017, with the first new episode since the 2015 Christmas Special. The season premiere, entitled “The Six Thatchers”, is almost certainly a play on the original Conan Doyle story “The Six Napoleons” and will find Dr. Watson and his wife preparing for the arrival of their first child (and undoubtedly Sherlock trying to find some way to cope with that). The fourth season will, as its predecessors, have three feature-length episodes, and will be available on Blu Ray January 24, 2017. It’s so long between visits, but it’s always worth catching up with Holmes and Watson again.
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I was going to provide an in-depth analysis of the two end credits scenes from Doctor Strange…..but Looper had already done it. Doctor Strange itself made it clear that the Eye of Agamotto is the Time Gem and the fifth of the six gems that Thanos is looking to fill the Infinity Gauntlet. Most likely, we’ll find out the last one either in Guardians Volume 2 or Thor: Ragnarok next year. Speaking of Thor 3, the first end credits sequence brings the return of the Odinson for the first time since Age of Ultron and is a great set-up for that film, which we now know will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. The scene also implies that Odin is still alive, a plot thread left nebulous since the final scene of Thor: The Dark World.
Oh Mordo, you just aren’t very bendy, are you? The inflexible and disillusioned Baron Mordo is clearly set up as the bad guy for the second Doctor Strange film, which will most likely happen in 2020’s Phase Four post-Infinity War. What is clear from both scenes is that Doctor Strange is here to stay as a major player in the MCU’s future.