‘Doctor Strange’ trailer will go astral on your ass!

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by Steve the Space Wizard

It’s time for a Marvel wizard to grace the silver screen! So this coming November, I, Steve the Space Wizard, finally get to go to the theater to see Steve the Superhero Wizard. Because, you know, his name is Stephen Strange.

The tale is that Stephen Strange, MD, was a brilliant but arrogant surgeon who lost dexterity to both his hands after a car accident, rendering him useless as a surgeon. So he went to some faraway land with magical monks and learned how to be wizard. Therefore it’s kind of like Eat Pray Love but with wizards and Benedict Cumberbatch as said wizard, so it’s 500 times better in my humble opinion. It’s a happy coincidence his name happened to be Doctor Strange, because that’s quite an apt name for a wizard.

The teaser trailer for Doctor Strange dropped this week, and we see a montage of Doctor Strange after his auto accident, wandering distant lands and meeting Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One. Stephen isn’t one to believe in “fairytales about chakras or energy or the power of belief”. Stephen’s a cynical bastard. Stephen’s about to get his mind blown. The Ancient One hits him so hard his spirit gets knocked out of his body. And then he’s all “I wanna be a wizard teach me how”. Right on Stephen, but I am guessing you need to learn humility or something or other first, just like Stark and Thor during their hero journeys.

We don’t learn very much more, this is just a teaser trailer, but we do see Rachel McAdams as another doctor, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Doctor Strange’s arch-nemesis Baron Mordo, who also has a name that just screams “I’m a wizard” (also, an evil wizard, because his name sounds like Mordor). There’s a cool reality bending scene where the whole world gets splintered and flipped around and having all the dimensions altered like an M.C. Escher painting in a mind-boggling visual spectacle reminiscent of that scene in Inception where the city gets folded in half.

Honestly I’m pretty psyched about this, I like the Marvel cinematic universe and I like wizards so this is two of my favorite things in one thing. Just like a steak and cheese sandwich. My only gripe is Benedict Cumberbatch adopted an American accent for this, and wizards always sound better when they’re British (see Gandalf and Dumbledore).

Doctor Strange is set to be released on 4 November 2016.

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