Doctor Stephen Strange doesn't remove brain tumors because he wants to help his patients; instead, he's predominately motivated by the money he makes from the surgeries. He becomes a very wealthy guy until a tragic event changes his life forever.
A car accident severely damages the bones and nerves in his hands, rendering him unable to perform surgery ever again. His fortune dwindles away as he searches for someone to restore his hands. He resorts to a back-alley medical procedure that uses up the rest of his money and, sadly, doesn't help.
Depressed and homeless with hands that shake uncontrollably, Doctor Strange seeks out a mystic in the Himalayas known as the Ancient One. At first, the Ancient One refuses to help Doctor Strange because he's a selfish jerk, but the egotistical doctor eventually convinces this sorcerer to teach him mystical arts and magic.
One of the most exciting tools available to Doctor Strange is his Cloak of Levitation, which enables him to fly.
Inspired by the all-seeing eye of the Buddha, this amulet creates an ethereal light through which Doctor Strange can see the reality and truth behind any disguise or falsehood. He can also use the Eye of Agamotto to read other people's thoughts and feelings.
This magic manual of spells, sorcery and wizardry helps Doctor Strange perform "white magic" or magic that only has positive, helpful results.
This occultist orb works like a crystal ball, allowing Doctor Strange to see into the future. Sound familiar? The orb made a cameo appearance in the movie Thor in 2011.
In March 1990, Marvel comics released Doctor Strange #15. The cover artwork by Jackson Guice featured a woman's face that looked remarkably similar to Grant's on her record, Amy Grant — The Collection. A Christian, Grant was upset because she didn't want to be associated with magic or the occult. Grant and Marvel reached an out-of-court settlement.
In the comic book Spider-Man 2099 #33, Doctor Strange is introduced as a female character with a demon living inside of her. We'd love to see Doctor Strange as a lady; maybe the filmmakers will consider that for the sequel.
Doctor Strange is typically depicted in the comic books as wearing his long cloak, a blue blouse, a gold belt and black stockings. We seriously hope that Marvel will give Doctor Strange a makeover. We suggest they take a cue from the most recent Batman films.
Marvel plans to release Doctor Strange in 2016.
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