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An Open Mind On “Doctor Strange”

“I’m here to see if a lost body and a lost soul can find their way back home.” – Stephen V. Strange, MD

With the recent Doctor Strange trailer release, the mob cries out with stones, torches, and pitchforks in hand. Again.
Again, the studio just can’t seem to get it right…according to the mob.

But the nerd grid is flooded with the same issues, arguments and gripes about how and why things are wrong. 

I’m drained. I’m jaded.

Alas. I’m not here for that. I’m here to shed some light on why I’m pumped about Doctor Strange both the film, the character and why I relate to his stories.   

RESPECT: Doctor Strange saves our favorite super heroes’ asses quite often. He’s an advisor and a friend. During the Civil War, he’s undergoing spiritual warfare for the wellbeing of his friends at war. Also, anyone hero who has problems they don’t understand, they look to Strange, a friend who understands what exactly is beyond this natural world. There’s no one else like him in the MU.  

ALL-SEEING: There’s a Scripture that says “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen…” That’s the world Doctor Strange lives in, the lenses he wears. If you read his latest ongoing comic series by Aaron and Bachalo, it’s all about the crazy supernatural world  around us. Strange, polices all that. Personally, being a person of faith and spirituality, I dig this in a hero. It’s a “bigger picture” mentality.  

BALANCE: Strange pretty much has body, mind, and soul covered 1) The guy’s got brains (top neurosurgeon). 2) There’s always some mystical trick up his sleeve that he’s learned from the spirit realm. 3) He was trained to fight in a Tibetan temple. Legit. Staying healthy mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually is important because it’s all tied together. Strange gets that. I get that.  

Scott Derrickson, the film’s director has experience with supernatural and thriller films and should do the Doctor Strange film justice since these same themes are a part of the comics. If you’ve seen, SINISTER, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, or DELIVER US FROM EVIL, you know Scott’s work. It’s deep, dark, and fantastic. 

 A few years ago my fundamental Christianity would have me shunning the fact that Doctor Strange is a mystic and sorcerer. Now, I’m thankful that there’s someone in the MCU who will be addressing the supernatural issues that most comics don’t.  

 Mystical and spiritual conversations are ones most heroes don’t normally have, but with Doctor Strange, their worlds are expanded. For me, I know this will parallel what will happen in the real world once Doctor Strange hits the mainstream. 
Conversations will flow, minds about the supernatural will open, and this for some “strange” reason excites me. 

Some Doctor Strange resources for starters:

DOCTOR STRANGE: THE SOCERER SUPREME on Amazon Prime

DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH 

How much familiar are you with Doctor Strange? 

What characters or comics do you like that are out of the ordinary?

Drop a comment and share in the nerdverse! 

Marlon @NerdCoolture