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"You defended the New York Sanctum from attack. With its Master gone, it needs another, Master Strange."
"No. It is Doctor Strange. Not Master Strange, not Mister Strange. Doctor Strange."
―The Ancient One and Doctor Strange[src]

Doctor Strange is a 2016 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Doctor Strange. It is the fourteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also being the second installment of Phase Three.


From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of the world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place - a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers - is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.[4]


In Kathmandu, Nepal, a group of rogue sorcerers infiltrate the Kamar-Taj, an enclave that is known only to the Masters of the Mystic Arts. After beheading the librarian, the group's leader Kaecilius steals a forbidden ritual from a book owned by his former mentor, the Ancient One. As the Zealots escape through a portal to London, the Sorcerer Supreme traps them in a Mirror Dimension that is invisible to the public. She takes down several Zealots but fails to stop Kaecilius and his surviving followers from escaping with the ritual.

In New York City, Stephen Strange is an acclaimed doctor and neurosurgeon but is also very arrogant and cares only for the wealth and success his talents bring. One night, as he travels to give a guest talk, he is involved in a car crash after diverting his attention from the road. Although he survives his hands are badly injured, necessitating the insertion of metal pins into them. As a result, they continuously tremble leaving Strange barely able to write his name, ending his career. His former lover and co-worker Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but Strange is desperate to heal his injuries and harshly orders her to leave him alone. After months trying experimental surgeries on his hands, using up all his money and resources, Strange seeks out Jonathan Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again. Pangborn directs Strange to the secret compound Kamar-Taj, where he is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Karl Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the Astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.


Strange begins his tutelage under the Ancient One and Mordo, and learns from the ancient books in the library which is now protected by the master Wong. It is explained that Earth is protected from other dimensions by a spell formed from three buildings called Sanctums, found in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. The task of the sorcerers is to protect the Sanctums, though Pangborn chose to forgo this responsibility in favor of channeling energy into walking again; Strange will have to decide between regaining the use of his hands and defending the world. Strange advances quickly over several months, even secretly reading from the forbidden texts and learning to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto. Mordo and Wong warn Strange against using such power and breaking the laws of nature, comparing his arrogant yearning for power to that of Kaecilius, who believes that everyone should live as long as the Ancient One after the deaths of his loved ones.

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Kaecilius and his followers use the stolen pages to begin summoning the powerful Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, where time does not exist and all can live forever. This destroys the London Sanctum, and sends Strange from Kamar-Taj to the New York Sanctum. Kaecilius and the Zealots then clash there, where Strange holds them off with the mystical Cloak of Levitation until Mordo and the Ancient One arrive. Strange and Mordo become disillusioned with the Ancient One after Kaecilius reveals that her long life has come from her own use of Dormammu's power. Kaecilius mortally wounds the Ancient One, and escapes to Hong Kong. The Ancient One tells Strange that he too will have to break the rules, to balance out Mordo's steadfast nature, before dying despite the best efforts of Strange and a bewildered Palmer. Strange and Mordo arrive in Hong Kong to find Wong dead and the Sanctum destroyed, with the Dark Dimension already engulfing Earth. Strange uses the Eye to turn back time and save Wong, before creating an infinite time loop inside the Dark Dimension that traps himself and Dormammu in the same moment forever. After killing Strange many times to no avail, Dormammu reluctantly agrees to leave Earth if Strange breaks the loop, taking Kaecilius and his zealots with him.

Disgusted by Strange and the Ancient One's disregard for the consequences of defying nature, Mordo severs all ties to Kamar-Taj and departs on his own. Strange returns the Eye, which Wong calls an Infinity Stone, to Kamar-Taj, and then takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his studies.

Sometime later, Strange is visited there by Thor, who has brought his brother Loki to Earth to search for their father Odin. Elsewhere, Mordo visits Pangborn and steals the energy he uses to walk, stating his intention to stop the continued misuse of power by Earth's sorcerers.




  • New York City, New York
    • Metro-General Hospital
    • Stephen Strange's Apartment
    • Sanctum Sanctorum
    • Jonathan Pangborn's Workshop
    • Avengers Tower
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Kamar-Taj
  • Mount Everest
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Hong Kong, China
    • Hong Kong Sanctum
  • Multiverse
    • Astral Dimension
    • Mirror Dimension
    • Dark Dimension
    • Quantum Realm
  • Tokyo, Japan (mentioned)
  • Asgard (mentioned)


  • Theft of the Book of Cagliostro
  • Attack on the Sanctums
    • Destruction of the London Sanctum
    • Battle at the Sanctum Sanctorum
    • Duel on the Astral Plane
    • Battle of the Mirror Dimension
    • Battle at the Hong Kong Sanctum
    • Skirmish in the Dark Dimension



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Kevin Feige only had this to say, "I think 'Dr. Strange' would kick ass. I think we've done very well at the superhero genre, if you will, this street level superhero aspect of the Marvel Universe. I think with Thor you'll see us cracking into the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe in a very good way that's never been done before in our movies and I'd love to get into that supernatural element. I think that Dr. Strange could be a good way of being the lynchpin to that universe with Werewolf By Night, with Blade again someday – that side of the Marvel Universe."

In January 2013, Kevin Feige spoke about characters he considered might be going into development in Phase 3, "Doctor Strange, which I've been talking about for years, is definitely one of them. He's a great, original character, and he checks the box off this criteria that I have: he's totally different from anything else we have, just like Guardians Of The Galaxy."

On June 3, 2014 Scott Derrickson tweeted that his next movie will be Doctor Strange, and that casting directors were looking at Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role.

In August, 2014, conflicting reports were given as to the plot of the movie, whether or not it would be an origin story.[9]

In September 2014, the film was announced to begin shooting in May 2015 at Pinewood-Shepperton studios in the UK.[10]

On August 29, 2014, it was announced that Joaquin Phoenix entered final negotiations.[11]

On October 1, 2014, it was announced that talks with Phoenix have ended and the studio is actively searching for their lead actor.[12] In December 2014, Deadline reported that Phoenix never had a deal with Marvel Studios.[13] On October 27, 2014, it was revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch was in final negotiations to play Doctor Strange.[14] At the end of October, it was announced on the Marvel Event Liveblog it will be released on November 4, 2016.[15]

On December 4, 2014, Marvel finalized its deal with Benedict Cumberbatch to portray Stephen Strange.[16]

On January 22, 2015, it was reported that Marvel is looking to cast Chiwetel Ejiofor in an unspecified role.[17] On June 11, 2015, Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast as Baron Mordo.[18]

On July 14, 2015, Tilda Swinton was cast as the Ancient One.[19]

On 15 August 2015, at D23, Kevin Feige confirmed that Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton have joined the cast of Doctor Strange as Karl Mordo and the Ancient One, respectively, while also showing off new concept art for the series that gave fans their first look at the design of star Benedict Cumberbatch's costume.[20]

According to Variety, Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the villains in the film. While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly.[21] Marvel officially announced Mikkelen's role when they announced that the movie had began production.

On July 23, 2016 at the San Diego Comic-Con, the second trailer was released.

An untitled Doctor Strange sequel was announced with the rumored title "The Rise of Mordo"







  • Doctor Strange – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Not in the Official Soundtrack[]

Song title Artist Location(s)
"Shining Star" Earth, Wind & Fire

Stephen Strange performs surgery at Metro-General Hospital.

"Feels So Good" Chuck Mangione

Stephen Strange performs surgery at Metro-General Hospital.

"Interstellar Overdrive" Pink Floyd

Stephen Strange drives and crashes his car.

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" Beyoncé

Wong listens to this on headphones as Doctor Strange steals books through portals.



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