So what did you think of Doctor Strange? I don’t really do ratings, or reviews, but here goes:
It was entertaining, with great visuals, and Cumberbatch’s American accent didn’t freak me out. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do with the character in a non-origin story. 20/31
Here’s what I’ve got this week:
Most people are already aware of the whitewashing controversy surrounding Tilda Swinton’s portrayal of The Ancient One – who is Asian in the comics. But Stephen Strange himself may have been whitewashed after his first appearance.
In his Strange Tales debut, Strange shared certain features with The Ancient One – who also made his first appearance in the same story – and Baron Mordo who appeared in the next issue, including their, uh, *eyes*. All things considered, it could have been a lot worse.
When it came time for Stephen’s origin story in issue #115, they opened up his eyes.
For an in-continuity example of the opposite, look at X-Men‘s Psylocke.
Doctor Strange actually had his live action debut in 1978. Notice how there’s no mention of Marvel anywhere.
If I had to recommend a Doctor Strange comic to read, apart from the early Steve Ditko stuff, it would have to be The Oath, published in 2007 and written by Brian K Vaughan.
In this story, Strange faces off against one of The Ancient Ones’ former disciples whilst trying to find an elixr to help his manservant Wong. They changed up Wong’s role a little bit in the film, in a good way.
If you happen to be in London on the 28th of November, I’ve got a film club launch night! REMAKESPLOITATION are hosting a screening of Remake, Remix, Rip-off, a documentary about Turkish versions of Hollywood films in the 1970s (like Captain America teaming up with Santo to fight an evil Spider-Man) It’ll be fun.
Tickets are cheap and going fast, so come by and say hi!