Marvel Entertainment evaded the concept of magic thus far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. President Kevin Feige wanted writers to keep the heroes as realistic as possible, citing scientific concepts and theories to explain the likes of Vision and Scarlett Witch. The arrival of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is imperative to the MCU, especially since Doctor Strange will be the first film to feature magic.
DebutingÂ in the comicÂ Strange Tales #110, Doctor Strange opened the door for villains and foes that far surpassed the combined power of the Avengers. No current hero in the MCU would stand a chance against Thanos, and withÂ InfinityÂ War: Part One on the horizon the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers need their x-factor:Â Doctor Strange.
The Screen Junkies team broke down the key figure further.
The mystical heroÂ seems overpowered compared to the current set of heroes the MCU has to offer, but in retrospect, Doctor Strange will be a fair match for Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.
Nevertheless, director Scott Derrickson and writers C. Robert Cargill, Jon Spaihts and Steve Ditko will have to find a way to keep Dr. Stephen Strange’s powers limited. Fortunately, Marvel‘s track record of well-balanced films earns them a ‘good until proven bad’ buffer, if you will.
Doctor Strange hits theaters 4 November 2016.
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