A New Reality: The First ‘Doctor Strange’ TV Spot Arrives To Bring A Touch Of Magic To The MCU

“Doctor Strange, you think you know how the world works…”

As we’re about to learn, he doesn’t. And neither do we, as the first official TV spot for Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange proves. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out the magic below.

Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about television spots, especially when they consist primarily of footage we’ve seen before. But we’re making an exception for Doctor Strange, as there’s just something about this TV spot. And it’s not just the fleeting new clips of Mads Mikkelsen’s intriguing villain that have piqued our interest.

The previous two trailers gave us a neat little introduction to the character of Doctor Stephen Strange , but the new TV spot really pushes home the point — this is going to be something entirely new, and it could be what the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs right now.

Doctor Strange in his astral form [Marvel/Disney]

The MCU has gifted us with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) flying through the sky, and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) transformed from a shrimpy stick boy to a muscle bound Adonis. We’ve visited other words and tangled with gods, but so far the movies have tonally remained largely in the realm of sci-fi, edging away from falling into direct fantasy (though arguably the mythical Thor series is an exception to that rule).

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From the super-soldier serum which transformed Steve Rogers into Captain America, and even in the fantastical Guardians of the Galaxy, the MCU have still kept a foot firmly in the sci-fi pool. Doctor Strange is about to change that.

As long as tea is involved, we're happy [Marvel Comics]
As long as tea is involved, we’re happy [Marvel Comics]

Even in the Marvel Comics we still don’t really know exactly how magic works. The most recent run of the Doctor Strange comics — The Last Days of Magic — saw the world of sorcery under assault by cold science, but even then the true meaning of magic remained untenable.

Doctor Strange casts a spell [Marvel/Disney]

The MCU is following this structure too, as Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson told GamesRadar at the San Diego Comic Con last month that the magic we’ll be seeing in the movie won’t ever be explained away:

“It’s not something that’s easy to define. As magic should be. Magic should be mysterious. There’s mystery to magic and there’s mystery to the tone of the movie. Mystery is a good thing”.

Doctor Strange could be a game changer, because it brings a touch of magic and fantasy with it, freeing up the boundaries of the MCU to incorporate sorcery and reality melding. This is highlighted stronger than ever in the new TV spot which, like the first trailer, focuses on Stephen Strange being introduced to the world of magic, quite literally shattering his reality.

Through the looking glass… [Marvel/Disney]

The origin story elements are clearly going to be carried over throughout the movie as Strange begins to earn the right to inherit the title of Sorcerer Supreme. And it seems he’s going to struggle somewhat as the story unfolds, as he confesses to Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) — “I can’t do this”.

But of course he will, cause he’s Stephen gosh-dang Strange. As for the particulars of his journey, well, for now we’re inclined to agree with Derrickson, a little bit of mystery is a very good thing.

Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, is set for a November 4, 2016 release date. What do you want to see in the movie? Tell us in the comments below!

The most majestic of cape swishes [Marvel/Disney]



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