“Who are you in this vast multiverse, Mr. Strange?” asks Tilda Swinton’s guru, The Ancient One.
Arrogant, ambitious, egotistical, and downright rude, Doctor – as he keeps reminding anyone who’ll listen – Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is straight out of the Marvel playboy playbook.
Like Iron Man’s Tony Stark, this brilliant neurosurgeon lavishes himself in luxury (watches, sports cars, flash pads). You just know he’s going to be in for a rude awakening.
On one fateful night, Strange brutally crashes his Lamborghini that destroys his hands, and with them, his career and reason for living.
Desperate for a cure at any cost, Strange ends up in Nepal at Kamar-Taj, home to The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), a mystic who reveals to him that the world contains much more than what science can explain.
Unbeknownst to Strange a multiverse with mystical power and magic lies waiting for him to discover.
The doctor struggles at first, but when a former student of The Ancient One’s named Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) goes rogue with a forbidden spell, Strange is drawn into a battle with the fate of Earth hanging in the balance.
The synopsis is rather complex, with writers assuming hardcore Marvel fans like myself will understand the hidden gems the are interwoven in the storyline.
I have to admit even I (a devout Marvel fan) struggled to keep up with this never-ending series of dimensions folding upon themselves, that visually resembled Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
The humour sometimes feels a little forced but does provide several genuine laughs thanks to Cumberbatch’s comedic timing.
Although it does follow the methodical Marvel movie structure; Protagonist has it all, loses everything, finds redemption, saves the world, it does have a bit more depth than the average Marvel film.
Overall, great entertainment and the visuals are spectacular. Cumberbitches around the world will be rejoicing as once again Benedict Cumberbatch steals the show.
I give it three-and-a-half stars out of five.
Watch the trailer below: