Release Date: 1 March 2017
Format:  DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Strange things are happening in the MCU with the introduction of Marvel’s Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Stephen Strange, as incarnated by Benedict Cumberbatch sporting a Machiavellian goatee, a high-collared Cloak of Levitation (which has a life of its own), and possessed of an ego to rival Tony Stark’s. When this arrogant neurosurgeon’s hands are ruined in an auto wreck, the solution to repairing the nerve damage and regaining his skills turns out to be spiritual, not medical. Tutored in the power of mind over matter by the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Strange proves a quick learner and together with fellow mystics Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Wong (Benedict Wong), must prevent a rogue master, Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), from using forbidden knowledge to open a portal to the Dark Dimension. Strange is an atypical Marvel hero, using magic not muscle to get results. This arcane adventure both refreshes and expands the MCU while retaining the trippy quality of the comics and the sixties’ sensibility in which the character has his roots. As John Lennon would say, “Strange days indeed.”

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