Doctor Strange is a 2016 film that is part of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and focuses on the neurosurgeon and his quest in the real world. It was released on November 4, 2016.
In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and murder its librarian, keeper of ancient and mystical texts. They steal a ritual from a book belonging to the Ancient One, a sorcerer who has lived for an unknown time and taught all at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius, in the ways of the mystic arts. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius escapes with the pages and some of his followers.
In New York City, Stephen Strange, an acclaimed but egotistical neurosurgeon, loses the use of his hands in a horrific car accident. His co-worker and ex-girlfriend Christine Palmer tries to help him move on, but Strange, believing he can regain use of his hands, instead uses all his resources pursuing experimental surgeries in vain. After learning of Jonathon Pangborn, a paraplegic who mysteriously was able to walk again, Strange seeks him out, and is directed to Kamar-Taj. There, Strange is taken in by another sorcerer under the Ancient One, Mordo. The Ancient One shows Strange her power, revealing the astral plane and other dimensions such as the Mirror Dimension. Strange begs her to teach him, and she eventually agrees despite his arrogance, which reminds her of Kaecilius.
Strange begins his tutelage under the Ancient One and Mordo, and learns from the ancient books in the library, now presided over by the master Wong. Strange learns that Earth is protected from other dimensions by a spell formed from three buildings called Sanctums, found in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. The task of the sorcerers is to protect the Sanctums, though Pangborn chose to forgo this responsibility in favor of channeling mystical energy into walking again. Strange advances quickly over several months, even secretly reading from the text Kaecilius stole from and learning to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto. Mordo and Wong warn Strange against breaking the laws of nature, comparing his arrogant yearning for power to that of Kaecilius, who believes, after the deaths of his loved ones, that everyone should have eternal life.
Kaecilius and his followers use the stolen pages to begin summoning the powerful Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, where time does not exist and all can live forever. This destroys the London Sanctum, and sends Strange from Kamar-Taj to the New York Sanctum. The zealots then attack there, where Strange holds them off with the mystical Cloak of Levitation until Mordo and the Ancient One arrive. Strange and Mordo become disillusioned with the Ancient One after Kaecilius reveals that her long life has come from her own use of Dormammu's power. Kaecilius mortally wounds the Ancient One, and escapes to Hong Kong.
The Ancient One tells Strange that he, too, will have to break the rules, to balance Mordo's steadfast nature. She then dies, despite the best efforts of Strange and a bewildered Palmer. Strange and Mordo arrive in Hong Kong to find Wong dead and the Sanctum destroyed, with the Dark Dimension already engulfing Earth. Strange uses the Eye to turn back time and save Wong, before creating an infinite time loop inside the Dark Dimension that traps himself and Dormammu in the same moment forever. Strange agrees to break the loop if Dormammu leaves Earth and takes Kaecilius and the zealots with him.
Disgusted by Strange and the Ancient One's disregard for the consequences of defying nature, Mordo departs. Strange returns the Eye, which Wong calls an Infinity Stone, to Kamar-Taj, and then takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his studies.
In a mid-credits scene, Strange is visited there by Thor, who has brought his brother Loki to Earth to search for their father Odin. In a post-credits scene, Mordo visits Pangborn and steals the energy he uses to walk, stating that Earth has too many sorcerers.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange and Dormammu (Voice and Facial motion capture)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo
- Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer
- Benedict Wong as Wong
- Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius
- Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West
- Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn
- Scott Adkins as Lucian
- Amy Landecker as Dr. Bruner
- Meera Syal as Dr. Patel
- Sarah Malin as Dr. Garrison
- Eben Young as Dr. Weiss
- Zara Phythian as Brunette Zealot
- Alaa Safi as Tall Zealot
- Katrina Durden as Blonde Zealot
- Linda Louise Duan as Tina Minoru
- Mark Anthony Brighton as Daniel Drumm
- Topo Wresniwiro as Hamir
- Umit Ulgen as Sol Rama
- Adam Pelta-Pauls as Billy
- Stan Lee as Bus Passenger
- Pat Kiernan as Pat Kiernan
- Chris Hemsworth as Thor Odinson
Continuity and References to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
- Stephen Strange is introduced.
- The Ancient One is introduced.
- Karl Mordo is introduced.
- Kaecilius is introduced.
- Christine Palmer is introduced.
- Nicodemus West is introduced.
- Wong is introduced.
- Dormammu is introduced.
- Jonathan Pangborn is introduced.
- Daniel Drumm is introduced.
- Tina Minoru is introduced.
- The Sanctum Sanctorum is introduced.
- The Hong Kong Sanctum Sanctorum is introduced.
- The London Sanctum Sanctorum is introduced.
- Kamar-Taj is introduced.
- Agamotto is introduced.
- The Masters of the Mystic Arts are introduced.
- The Zealots are introduced.
- The Chamber of Relics is introduced.
- The Eye of Agamotto is introduced.
- The Time Stone is introduced.
- The Orb of Agamotto is introduced.
- The Cloak of Levitation is introduced.
- The Book of Cagliostro is introduced.
- The Sling Ring is introduced.
- The Wand of Watoomb is introduced.
- The Staff of the Living Tribunal is introduced.
- Karl Mordo's Vaulting Boots of Valtorr are introduced.
- The Daggers of Daveroth are introduced.
- The Staff of One is introduced.
- Scythe Daggers are introduced.
- The Crimson Bands of Cyttorak are introduced.
- The Zealots are introduced.
- The Quarterstaff is introduced.
- The Multiverse is introduced.
- The Dark Dimension is introduced.
- The Mirror Dimension is introduced.
- The Astral Dimension is introduced.
- Quantum Realm appears.
- The Living Tribunal is introduced.
- Metro-General Hospital appears. It first appeared in Daredevil.
- Darkforce appears.
- Avengers Tower can be seen.
- Roxxon Oil Corporation building appears.
- The Avengers are mentioned.
- A pilot of a Hammer drone is mentioned.
- Thor Odinson appears.
- Odin Borson is mentioned.
- Loki Laufeyson is mentioned.
- Asgard is mentioned.
- The Infinity Stones are mentioned.
- Open your mind. Change your reality.
- Question reality. Change your destiny.
- The impossibilities are endless.
- Expand your mind
- Open your mind
The film was shot in Nepal, London, Los Angeles, New York City and Hong Kong.
Promotion, Filming and Concept art