Finally, we get a look at Dr. Strange. Hat tip the guys with the telephoto lenses, but nothing beats a planned magazine promo to dissect. Marvel Studios is ramping the marketing behind Dr. Strange ahead of its late 2016 release.

First look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch is our Dr. Strange. And we get a look at the iconic costume. Plot details? Yeah, not happening. We do get a quote from Cumberbatch via Entertainment Weekly about his newfound appreciation for learning to cast spells.

“I’m still in the infancy of learning all that,” Cumberbatch said. “It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically. I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that. We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything; you just have to experiment.”

Brother, you were LARPing. Embrace the nerdiness now.

What do we get? The top half of the costume and tons of fans arguing over Cumberbatch’s facial hair. Yeah, it’s Marvel Studios. It’s their job to cater to the casual audience. No one wants to look at a new character and go WTH happened to Iron Man?

Perfect world we would see him in the full costume, but Marvel will spoon feed us and not step on its other properties hitting theaters.

Meet Dr. Strange

A quick primer is the film will follow the origin story of neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, who, after a car accident, discovers the world of alternate dimensions and magic.

The question on every fan’s mind is the plot. What story will be told? A decent guess would be a take on the Brian Vaughn miniseries ‘The Oath.’ Why? Casting. Rachel McAdams is in the movie, yet we don’t know her role.

Pure speculation, but it offers an easy path to do an origin story while keeping the movie contained as a standalone.

The cast of Dr. Strange is rounded out by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Scott Adkins, Amy Landecker, Mads Mikkelsen and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Releasing on November 4, 2016, the film is helmed by Scott Derrickson and script duties were handled by Jon Spaihts.

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