To say that my emotions are cranked up to 11 for Doctor Strange is an understatement. So much anticipation and excitement has been boiling inside me these last few months waiting for the next Marvel movie to drop — especially since the last one that came out, Captain America: Civil War, was the best one yet. And judging from the trailers released for Doctor Strange, it’s clear that the studio is going all out, boasting the most ambitious visual effects Marvel has done so far. But as a comic book fan, I can’t help but also feel an equal amount of trepidation for Doctor Strange. The character Doctor Strange is clearly not one of Marvel’s household names and the genre of magic itself is not something Marvel is particularly known for. So I’m anxious to say the least, and all these feelings went up another notch last week when I got the chance to go to Hong Kong and join the first leg of the Doctor Strange international press tour.
On our first night in Hong Kong, the international press got to see several scenes from Doctor Strange. It was the first time any of this footage was shown and while I was a bit worried about spoilers (and there kind of were some), the scenes we got to watch showed everything that made Doctor Strange such an endearing character. There were scenes that depicted his arrogance and eventual comeuppance, detailing just how fragile his life was before meeting The Ancient One. And speaking of The Ancient One, from the key scenes shown, it seems like Tilda Swinton’s portrayal could potentially steal the show — her take on the character is so unique and utterly endearing that I could watch a whole trilogy focused on the life and times of The Ancient One. From the amazing visual effects, intricate set designs, and intense action sequences, there’s a lot more going on in Doctor Strange than simple hocus pocus.
Here are five other things we learned about Doctor Strange and the man playing him, Benedict Cumberbatch.