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Doctor Strange premiered in theaters November 4

Cassiana Pozzi, Entertainment editor

     Doctor Strange hit theaters on November 4 with a large shoe to fill with the previous Marvel movie being Captain America: Civil War. The newest installment of the Marvel cinematic introduces Dr. Stephen Strange, a wealthy, arrogant surgeon who faces the terrible fate of a car crash which damages the nerves in his hands. As a surgeon desperate to heal himself, Strange travels around the world and comes across The Ancient One. He learns to open his mind past the thought of only healing his hands and becomes one of the old Sorcerer Supreme’s students, and a master of both mystical arts and martial arts. His battle to defend the Earth against the dark realm is just the beginning of his journey as a sorcerer.

The most comment-worthy aspect of this movie would have to be the special effects used by lead technician Craig Leong and digital compositor Johan Alfort. The film crew behind Doctor Strange gave the viewers the illusion that New York City’s buildings were able to be looped, twisted, and turned. The special effects, at one point in the film, were so intense to where viewers were almost as dizzy as Strange when he fell through different dimensions in time and space. The movie had followed the comics quite accurately with the continuation of characters such as Christine Palmer, Mordo, Wong and the antagonist Kaecilius. Kaecilius got his role of being the villain of this Marvel movie after he was disillusioned with the Ancient One and felt his mentor was not allowing other dimensions to come to Earth. Doctor Strange, Mordo and Wong fight against Kaecilius and his followers in order to restore the safety of Earth and block off the dark realm from opening.

     Although receiving hate prior to the screening, Doctor Strange made $85,058,311 on opening weekend in the U.S and got a 90% on the Rotten Tomatoes scale. Doctor Strange also had an exciting twist for Marvel fans in the end credit scenes. Thor was featured in the first scene after the credits to give insight on the next Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok. Doctor Strange, also featured in the scene, announced his possible appearance in Thor 3 to help Thor find his father and brother. The second end credit scene features Mordo, former teacher of Strange, declaring his cause to take away the powers of some sorcerers in order to stop another battle on Earth against the dark realm.

     Doctor Strange established a new branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the character, Stephen Strange, can be expected to appear in future movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and The Avengers: Infinity War.