Doctor Strange in the comics: Marvel’s most psychedelic hero

The MARVEL Cinematic Universe will appear in a new light – the film “doctor strange subtitles” will open the door to a world of countless dimensions and endless possibilities. On this occasion, we decided to recall the biography of one of the oldest characters in the universe.

DOCTOR STRANGE

2016, USA, 115 min.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong

In the summer of 2014, a wave of rumors swept the Web that doctor strange subtitles would not go the old way and tell the story of one of the most powerful magicians on Earth: they say, at the beginning of the plot, the doctor will already be an accomplished magician. The formation of the character, however, fits well into two sentences: once a very intelligent and self-confident doctor with a worldwide reputation had an accident that ended his medical career. Having tried all the ways to heal his crippled hands, ruined and desperate, he went to the East, where he met an Elder who possesses incredible powers and can change reality. In the end, as expected, he had to subdue his pride and discover a talent for magic.

When the first trailer was released almost two years later, it became clear that, firstly, the rumors remained rumors, and secondly, most of the potential viewers are ready with pleasure to get acquainted with the story of the arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange from the very beginning. Still would! With such a cast that gathered in doctor strange subtitles (Benedict Cumberbatch was accompanied by Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams) and a completely transcendent visual that demonstrates the features of other dimensions and astral worlds, the expectation rating skyrocketed to.

They expected either the “Iron Man” in the world of magic, or the “Guardians of the Galaxy” exploring magical realities. We got something in between: Stephen Strange in the first fifteen minutes fully “turns on” Tony Stark, and in the next fifteen he flies through a whole string of different dimensions, experiencing a mind-bending trip. Everything else is a standardized story of good versus evil – with the familiar “he lies, he is not who he seems”, having problems with original concepts and being pretty spoiled with humor.

In the original story, Strange was trained, having already got rid of his arrogance – through hard work, education of fortitude and meditation. In the film, it is about reading, stealing books and illegal use of ancient artifacts. At all training and demonstration classes, Strange messes up, but as soon as danger appears, a miracle occurs – he is already a real magician, able to build a portal and detain an enemy. The moment of tension passes – and he is again a muddler who does not die every five minutes only thanks to his “saving” cloak. But most importantly, even after Strange proves his worth as a wizard, they keep repeating to him “get rid of your arrogance.” In comics and a full-length cartoon, everything worked differently – Strange received strength by overcoming himself, knowing himself, having resigned and learned to believe in the incredible – that was the idea. Here, everything happens exactly the opposite and the meaning of what is happening is lost (thanks for learning at least one lesson Strange, but we will do without spoilers).

The concept of humility turns out to be an absolute failure and is replaced by the hero’s donkey stubbornness, which, according to the creators, should not only be his characteristic feature, but also amuse – in “Strange” there is generally a clear overkill with jokes. Marvel Marvel, of course, but it is worth knowing the measure. Looking forward to the dark tale of a physician whose career was cut short in his prime due to an incurable hand injury? Or maybe about how a demon from the Dark Dimension wants to enslave the Earth? Get antics and jokes, a third of which is inappropriate, a third flies into milk, and a third is triggered only automatically, and that is mostly due to the physical context. At the same time, remembering at least one is difficult, because humor is presented here either in the form of a reaction to any action of another hero, that is, in the form of a connecting scene, or not too intellectual statements. As it turns out.

Although it is worth saying that Benedict is here, like almost every star caste, is one of the few consolations. The actor who fits perfectly into the image is charismatic and expressive, and the ingenuity of his hero acts as a special driving force, noticeably moving the picture forward and helping to resolve the difficulties that arise. Visual is also an absolute plus: the picture is hallucinogenic, but undoubtedly of high quality and attractive. Perhaps, as a tribute to the comics – in their works, the creators of “doctor strange subtitles” partly anticipated the psychedelic of the seventies (by the way, a noticeable share of musical references stems from this decade). Also, the surreal landscapes and trippy effects that flickered in the releases were often compared with the paintings of Salvador Dali (and is this not an indicator?). Anyway,

The connection with the Marvel universe is felt not only through the standard and inevitable “drain” of some of the characters – there are all sorts of references, both graphic and verbal, plus two habitually tempting scenes after the credits (but Stan Lee’s cameo is disappointing and looks like the most useless of all possible ). The biggest problem of the picture is, perhaps, associated with overestimated expectations and implementation, in which there are too many platitudes and a completely confusing mood. The ending, for example, looks not just strange, but unsatisfactory, albeit funny in its way, and the step-by-step chewing of plot twists and turns, diluted with a lack of key information, is at least strange. It turns out something like “we will now analyze simple truths, and then something will happen according to the scheme” well, because it is necessary “”. Here, by the way, the stupidest reason Strange has an accident is presented. In the comics he lost control because he was very drunk (his fault), and in the full-length animated film in 2007 he saw the demon Dormammu (an accident), now Stephen crashes because he was overtaking other drivers at great speed. and at the same time was distracted by the phone. A very clever act, of course, but it gives the right to include a line with a warning in the credits. Drivers, be careful on the roads and don’t get distracted. Stay a little Strange and also learn a useful lesson from watching. Now Stephen is crashing because he was overtaking other drivers at a high speed and at the same time distracted by the phone. A very clever act, of course, but it gives the right to include a line with a warning in the credits. Drivers, be careful on the roads and don’t get distracted. Stay a little Strange and also learn a useful lesson from watching. but now Stephen crashes because he was overtaking other drivers at a high speed and at the same time distracted by the phone . A very clever act, of course, but it gives the right to include a line with a warning in the credits. Drivers, be careful on the roads and don’t get distracted. Stay a little Strange and also learn a useful lesson from watching.

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