Marvel at the Inception of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange

One of the fun things about the Marvel superhero movies is that they’re all tonally different: fun-with-tech Iron Man is a different beast from heist movie Ant-Man which again is different from period heroics piece Captain America: The First Avenger which is even completely different from gritty spy conspiracy thriller Captain America: Winter Soldier, for example. We’re now entering ‘Phase 3’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is set to unveil a whole new set of superheroes – and indeed superheroines, since Captain Marvel is finally on her way – and it looks like we’re getting even more styles of movie-making, too.

First up is Doctor Strange, aka the Sorceror Supreme, played by none other than Cabin Pressure‘s Benedict Cumberbatch (I hear he’s been in other things, too). Doctor Strange is a completely different sort of superhero from the ones we’ve had so far, since he’s all about the magic, and it has to be said that the trailer for Doctor Strange does a good job of tying into the astral projecting, dimension-hopping, reality-bending nature of the comics by visually channelling a good chunk of Christopher Nolan’s brain-warping Inception.

Looks fun, good supporting cast (including Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen), tonally interesting and Benedict’s American accent isn’t half bad.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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