Prepare for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to get a whole lot stranger.After Captain America: Civil War takes our cinemas by storm in a couple of weeks, the next Marvel movie is Doctor Strange which comes out in October. The cinematic debut of Stephen Strange, surgeon turned sorcerer, will introduce the concept of magic into the MCU. They've been laying the groundwork for a while, with Strange getting name-checked in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and certain plot points in both Daredevil and Agent Carter. Strange might even have made a barely visible cameo in Ant-Man as Scott Lang passed through the Quantum Realm.
Well now we get the real deal with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and a great supporting cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. The film was written by C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts and directed by Scott Derrickson. It looks like it's going to be a fairly trip ride if the trailer is anything to go by and it will be interesting to see how Marvel manage to mix magic into a universe that also includes scientists like Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. The big question is will Captain America: Civil War have a mid- or post-credit sequence that ties in with Doctor Strange? We'll find out soon.
Doctor Strange opens in the UK on the 28th of October.
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