It’s a tale as old as time.
A brilliant young doctor gets cocky, and accidentally wraps his car around a tree.
After exhausting conventional medicine’s treatments and unable to use his hands, the surgeon sets out for the mystical city of Kamar-Taj to seek a magical cure for his injuries.
Gaining magical superpowers, the doctor has to fight to save the world from oogie boogie monsters and stuff.
We’ve all been there.
The most relatable of the Marvel superheroes, Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange, is set to make his cinematic debut in November. A new plot synopsis uncovered by Cosmic Book News sheds new light on what audiences will be seeing.
According to a description of the movie for Irish cinema listings, Doctor Strange will be facing the choice between returning to his former life, and giving up everything to become Sorcerer Supreme:
“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 or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.”
There’s a few interesting tidbits in here, especially when combined with the recent international trailer for the movie, which focuses on dimension-hopping as a key concept in the film.
Considering the focus that existing movie trailers have had on the reality-bending elements of Doctor Strange lore, the idea that Strange might have to choose between his “life of fortune” and becoming a superhero suggests that there might be an opportunity for the movie’s hero to leap into an alternate reality where his hands work fine.
After all, the whole point of Doctor Strange is that, following his car crash, he can’t return to his former life without mystical help.
If this is the case, the Doctor Strange movie won’t just be introducing magic, but also will open the can of worms that is the Marvel multiverse, with parallel dimensions ready for exploring.
And if Marvel’s going to introduce alternate dimensions, that means the MCU could easily cross over with Fox’s X-Men continuity. Surely no studio could resist the potential box office receipts of having Hugh Jackman's Wolverine punch Tony Stark.
Better yet: we could even get a Secret Wars movie.
Here’s a picture of Captain America riding a dinosaur, indicative of the kind of ridiculousness that might show up if Avengers 4 follows this particularly weird comic book storyline.
This is all wild speculation, and it’s very unlikely that the crowning jewel in the MCU will feature dimension hopping.
But it could, and that’s what matters most.