Doctor Strange has already premiered in China, but with two weeks left until its U.S. release, the Marvel hype train is still running full steam towards the station. Early critical buzz is favorable towards the film, though it sounds like filmgoers tired of the Marvel formula won’t find many new wrinkles, other than trippy visuals. Still, with a solid cast, unique action, and the studio’s signature sense of humor intact, it sounds like there will still be plenty to love for genre fans.
While the hype train may be fun for those already on board, how much of the film is already available online is certainly a point of concern for moviegoers interested in avoiding spoilers. It’s certainly possible that the film still has some tricks up its sleeve, but with several trailers, dozens of TV spots and a trippy action sequence already, it’s enough to make one wonder if there’s already enough on display to piece together the entire plot.
But for those with no fear, courtesy of ComicBook.com comes links to four brand new Doctor Strange TV Spots – “Choice,” “Become the Hero,” “I’m Ready,” and “World.” (See above and below.) By the site’s count, this now puts the number of different spots Marvel has aired up to 30. In addition to re-edits of a lot of the reality bending footage we’ve already seen, these intermittently show some surprising new details from the film as well.
The most shocking reveal comes in “Become the Hero,” which shows the villainous Kaecilius absolutely decimating Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum with an explosive ball of energy. Considering magic and alternate dimensions are at play, it’s not a stretch to think that the Sorcerer Supreme’s home will be repaired by the end of the film, but that’s still a massive bomb to drop in a TV Spot. Also of interest is The Ancient One’s name drop of The Avengers, and her insistence that Strange will need to fight the battles that they can’t. It’s a clever marketing method to immediately show new audiences how he is a similar but also vastly different hero than the ones we’ve grown to love.
Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) in the titular role, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!).
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates and impressions on Doctor Strange as they hit.