Doctor Stephen Strange was an egotistical but brilliant surgeon. He didn’t give a damn about anything but himself and furthering his career. One day his luck ran out and a devastating car crash lost him the precision use of his hands and taking on a regular job was beneath him. He found himself homeless, surviving on “back alley” doctor jobs. I think that means taking bullets out of gangsters after failed shoot-outs and stuff like that. Anyway, after exhausting all remedies, he meets the mystical Ancient One, who makes Strange his apprentice. Like Bill Murray’s character in ‘Groundhog Day,’ Strange-the-Jerk learns the true meaning of Christmas or something and becomes Strange-the-Good-Guy. Now a champion sorcerer, D.S. uses his magic powers for good. That’s his origin story and I hope you read it clearly because you won’t be seeing it in the upcoming movie. Did somebody mention Christmas?
Devin Faraci of Badass Digest stopped by the Meet the Movie Press podcast and dropped a much welcome Christmas present onto the laps of comic book movie fans everywhere. The story is that Marvel is blowing off origin stories, beginning with the Doc. That’s right, after the movie’s opening credits, we’ll meet a full-fledged Sorcerer Supreme. Feel free to check out the whole podcast, but if you’re impatient like me, here’s the gist:
“So, for Doctor Strange they’ve had a script in-house forever. It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It’s got baron Mordo as the bad guy. That’s all gone. Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So, Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res. It has Doctor Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It is a totally new script.”
It’s likely that the story will incorporate some elements of the character’s beginnings one way or another. Either in flashback or whatever, but it’s pretty clear to me here that Marvel has laid their groundwork in the MCU and wasting our time with true origin stories only pisses us off.
“It begins in medias res. It has Dr. Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme.” He says the new writer doesn’t even work much from the 2010 screenplay. He’s “On his own, without any of the previous stuff. Not even touching the previous script.”
I think one of the stupidest things the new Spiderman ever did was to re-do the origin story. We’d just gone there a few years ago and to rehash that bullshit over again was just a smack in the face to all the spectacular Spiderfans. So far, Marvel hasn’t annoyed us with like foolishness, and they won’t. Better yet, it looks like they’ve heard fan grumbles and have cut out that exposition altogether. And for that, I give a resounding SWEET CHRISTMAS!! (still going with the christmas thing huh?)
This is very exciting news. I’m so over origin stories I don’t know what to do. What an incredible device to reinvent the Marvel Cinematic Universe without shaking things up too much. So the Doc will show up a hero? We’ll meet Black Panther in costume? I assume all this bypasses what Netflix is doing with their pre-Defenders serials because we already know Daredevil‘s origin was filmed last month. I’m jazzed about this because, as a comic book lover since the 80’s, the less retread I have to endure, the more screen time we get for cutting to the chase. Hell, if you gotta see his beginnings on film, watch this mess from 1978:
You bastards in or out? Do we need that first hour to fill in the noobs or can we get away with zipping to the meat of the movie? Who would you like to star in the role of Doctor Strange? My pick is Benedict Cumberbatch. I think he’s perfect. Sound off below!
Source – Meet The Movie Press