To be precise, after Marvel Studios successfully developed the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) project. With Iron Man (2008), Hulk (2008), Thor (2011), Captain America (2011), and The Avengers (2012). And the second stage. With Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Ant-Man (2015). Doctor Strange’s solo film was immediately planned to be the beginning of the third phase of the MCU. Which will precede the solo films of other new characters.
The appearance of the Strange Doctor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you could say, was sudden. Without prior introduction in the previous films. The only clue is when the name Stephen Strange, which is. According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, Doctor Strange was not introduced like other superheroes. Because the characters are very complex. However, even so, Doctor Strange has a very important role. And it was deliberately released before the MCU entered the third phase: Infinity War.
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It is said, Stephen Vincent Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), originally, was the best neurosurgeon in the world. However, behind his success and intelligence, he has a bad temper. Doctor Strange is very arrogant. And arrogantly ask for forgiveness. You could say, his ego is sky-high.
However, due to some sort of karma, Doctor Strange’s life, in the end, took a drastic turn. To be precise, after he had a car accident. Which makes the ability of his hands decrease and become very limited. For a surgeon, the hands are one of the main assets.
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However, amid his frustration, Doctor Strange remains determined to heal himself. The arrogant doctor then traveled all over the world. That could restore the power of his hands.
Doctor Strange’s quest for healing finally arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal. Which then brings him to The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). A bald female witch. Who then adopted him as a disciple.
For the sake of healing his hand, Doctor Strange had to put his ego aside. He must be willing to be taught by The Ancient One. Long story short, the neurosurgeon eventually turned into a magic healer. Protector of the universe. Who must use all his abilities to intercede for the human dimension and other dimensions?
Btw, apart from having magical abilities, and having extensive knowledge of mystical things, Doctor Strange also keeps various “accessories”, aka magic talismans, in his “temple”: Sanctum Santorum. Located in Greenwich Village, New York City. These amulets, among others, are the Eye of Agamotto, Orb of Agamotto (which briefly appeared in the 2011 Thor film), Wand of Watoomb, Book of Vishanti, Mind Gem, as well as various agates and antiques. Countless ones. In addition, Doctor Strange also always wears the Cloak of Levitation. aka magic robe. Who can make it fly!
Like superheroes in general, Doctor Strange also lives alone. And single. However, even so, the magic shaman, quietly, has a crush on Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams). An ER doctor. Which often helped him when he was still working at the hospital. In the comics version, actually, Doctor Strange is close and has a crush on a female superhero named Clea.