Who Is This ‘Doctor Strange’ That Benedict Cumberbatch Is Playing?

Who Is This ‘Doctor Strange’ That Benedict Cumberbatch Is Playing?

This November comic book fans will see yet another superhero come to life on the big screen, in Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures “Doctor Strange”. Adding to that excitement is the fact that one of the UK’s most popular actors today, Benedict Cumberbatch, will be playing the role of the neurosurgeon turned superhero.



Now if you’re not one to frequent the actual comic books or it’s been some time since you last read one, you may be wondering – just who is this “Doctor Strange”?

Not that it’s always important to get the back-story before watching the films, one could feel a little left out as you watch that comic loving fan next to you, getting excited about stuff you’re just not picking up on. So, what better resource to find out more about the character, than Marvel themselves.

Marvel released a “crash course” video on their official site back in November, giving fans a quick overview of the “Master of the Mystic Arts”.

Who Is Doctor Strange In The Marvel Universe

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So, let’s break down the doctor:

His real name: Stephen Strange

His occupation: Neurosurgeon

His turning moment: A car accident that caused him to lose the use of his hands. Seeking a cure, he went to Tibet to find “The Ancient One”. Once he proved himself worthy, the Ancient One taught Strange all there was to know about the art of sorcery.

His powers: According to Marvel – “he draws his power from three primary sources: the invocation of powerful mystic entities or objects, the manipulation of the universe’s ambient magical energy, and his own psychic resources. Strange’s magical repertoire includes energy projection and manipulation, matter transformation, animation of inanimate objects, teleportation, illusion-casting, mesmerism, thought projection, astral projection, dimensional travel, time travel and mental possession”.

Other Abilities: Like all those magical power wasn’t enough, Stephen Strange is also “a skilled athlete and martial artist”.

Benedict Cumberbatch

MARVEL’S DOCTOR STRANGE – MICHAEL MULLER © 2015 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2015 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

Special Clothing: All superheros need a cool outfit and Doctor Strange is no different. Just reading about these you can just imagine how cool Benedict Cumberbatch will look in the actual film. The Mystic master wears a special piece of jewelry called the Eye of Agamotto, which has magic abilities. There’s the Orb of Agamotto which enables him to see anywhere in the universe. His robe, or Cloak of Levitation that he uses to fly and the Book of the Vishanti – the greatest source of “white magic” knowledge.

What he does: Basically, he defends our dimension.

Now any true fan of Marvel Comics, understands there is a lot more to the stories. But this should be enough to help you get the idea and be able to enjoy both the lead up to the Doctor Strange film and its opening.

It should also get fans of Benedict Cumberbatch super stoked to see him take on such a complex character.

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ opens in theaters November 4th, 2016.

Photo: Top – MARVEL’S DOCTOR STRANGE – MICHAEL MULLER © 2015 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2015 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

 

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