When Marvel fans think of their favorite MCU origin movie, many will quickly respond that it’s from 2008. Iron Man. The Jon Favreau-directed film starring Robert Downey Jr. launched the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because the movie was so important to the franchise, it’s no surprise that Iron Man has been a consistent first choice. But over the course of more than a decade of movies, Marvel Studios has produced some great introductory solo films such as Black Panther and guardians of the galaxy. Surprisingly, one of the most underrated films was strange doctor.
Stephen Strange and Wong quickly became fan-favorite characters in the MCU, appearing in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgameas well as animation What if…? But Marvel Studios has only been able to unlock the characters’ potential through a strong origin film. Director Scott Derrickson created something special with 2016 strange doctorwhich set up an exciting sequel in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Here are some of the reasons why strange doctor is the most underrated MCU origin film to date.
Successfully introduced the Mystical Arts to the MCU
As guardians of the galaxy established new ground by telling a story set on extraterrestrial worlds and in space, strange doctor introduces the mystical arts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Wanda Maximoff already possessed powers derived from the Mind Stone, the mystical side of the MCU had never really been explored before. strange doctor. It was never going to be an easy task introducing wizards and making sure they fit right into the larger MCU. But strange doctor did it effortlessly, capturing the weirder elements of the mystical arts while making it accessible to viewers. The film explored other dimensions, magical rituals and spells, illusions, travel through portals, and the manipulation of time. This was the first time fans could see the Time Stone, an Infinity Stone contained within Agamotto’s eye.
strange doctor used magic to make it clear that there is so much more to the world than meets the eye. The mystical arts were about understanding this and surrendering to something much bigger than themselves. There were widespread themes about the consequences of breaking the rules and that sometimes taking risks has always been necessary. Besides, strange doctor discussed the concept of mortality and immortality. Although he forbade other wizards from drawing their power from the Dark Dimension, the Ancient One used his power to sustain himself for hundreds of years. She came to terms with her fate and taught Stephen Strange a simple but important lesson; the world has never been about them.
Doctor Strange was visually stunning
Before and after the release of strange doctormany have compared the visual style of the film with that of Christopher Nolan Creation. It wasn’t a surprising comparison, as both movies featured incredible reality-bending visuals. Because the Masters of the Mystical Arts did not obey the laws of physics at all, strange doctor was to represent this in its cinematography. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had already made high-tech armor, robots, aliens, and green rage monsters. But he had never depicted an astral form separate from a person’s body or had previously depicted the multiverse. Before strange doctor, there was no reversal or acceleration of time, and wizards had never warped space in the Mirror Dimension. There was something special about seeing Doctor Strange, Wong, Mordo, and the Ancient One fight Kaecilius and his Zealots outside of the physical realm.
Without a doubt, strange doctor was a masterclass in using visual effects to take audiences on a spectacular journey. Audiences experienced a hugely entertaining and visually stunning journey that brought new energy to the world of Marvel. After complaints that previous Marvel films such as Captain America: Civil War looked too gray, strange doctor gave viewers two hours of vivid color. All of the film’s visuals tied into the storytelling and Stephen Strange’s journey into the mystical arts. Strange was supposed to initially feel out of his element and feel completely overwhelmed. Nearly 30 films have been released by Marvel Studios, but strange doctor went on to be considered one of the finest films in the entire MCU.
Featuring some of Marvel’s greatest characters
There was a long gap of six years between strange doctor and its sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But the characters who strange doctor introduced continued to resonate with fans outside of their mainline films. Stephen Strange and Wong, who both held the title of Sorcerer Supreme, are among the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their friendship was a highlight of the MCU, with strange doctor to be where it all began. The film established Wong as a wizard who takes his duties very seriously – he’s the voice of reason that contrasted Strange’s recklessness. strange doctor not only established Stephen Strange as a remarkably talented man, but also as one of Marvel’s most flawed heroes. Rather than making Strange unlikable, it made him incredibly human and a deeply fascinating character.
Mordo and the Elder were both strong personalities with good intentions, but with different ideas of how to serve the greater good. The characters in strange doctor being masters of the mystical arts did not change that they were still very human and flawed. strange doctor effectively portrays how some are able to overcome their shortcomings, while others are sadly knocked down by them. Beyond mastering the mystical arts, wizards were challenged to master themselves. Each character was in a very different position at the end of the film than when it started. Strong characters and character development allowed strange doctor to become an impressive origin film.
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