Everyone loves a good superhero origin story. Unless there’s been like 50 of them, which there kind of has, repeatedly Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Amazing Spider-Man, pretty much all of Marvel’s Phase 1 slate.
Especially with regard to the latter, it made sense to spend the time introducing these heroes, how they receive their powers, and their first obstacles. But now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is firmly established, rumor has it future films, like Doctor Strange, are dispensing with the origin story. To which we say: YES.
Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci popped onto the Meet the Movie Press podcast to share “the tiniest of scoops”:
Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So, the Doctor Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res. It’s got Doctor Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme.
That means we won’t watch, as Faraci puts it, “20 minutes” of Stephen Strange as an arrogant neurosurgeon, before he becomes Earth’s primary protector against all magical threats. (Although clearly he was nowhere near our solar system when Loki struck in The Avengers.)
Still no word on who will play the good Doctor—Benedict Cumberbatch? Joaquin Phoenix? Someone else entirely? If this rumor is to be believed and he’ll be the Sorcerer Supreme from the get-go, then we want to know who he is!
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