Craggus’ Countdown To Infinity: Doctor Strange (2016)

Arrogant and gifted neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is sailing through life, aloof from the world around him until he suffers a catastrophic car accident which permanently damages the nerves in his hands. Seeking a cure of last resort, Strange travels to Tibet where he encounters The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) who opens his mind to the worlds beyond conscious perception. But dark powers dwell in the other dimensions and Strange must learn to master his new skills in order to save the world.

Always one of my favourite Marvel characters, Doctor Strange was one of the additions to the MCU I was most looking forward to ever since he was teased in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. The Master Of The Mystic Arts ends up getting – by late MCU standards – a fairly conventional origin story and with just glimpses of Avengers tower, largely kept at arms’ length from the rest of the MCU’s ongoing saga. Taking place while the various heroes lick their wounds from “Civil War”,  while, like “Ant-Man”, expanding the scope and range of the cinematic universe – this time into alternate dimensions and bringing ‘magic’ into the MCU cannon.

Here’s what I thought the ‘first time around’ 😉: Doctor Strange (2016) Review. Interestingly, I express the belief that I’d be surprised to find it in the lower half of an MCU countdown, but that’s progress for you!

It turns out the Time Stone is the Eye of Agamotto. By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, that’s going to put the good Doctor right in Thanos’ crosshairs!

Baron Mordo (Chewitel Ejiofor), Wong (Benedict Wong), Dormammu (er…Benedict Cumberbatch)

Stan’s on a bus, reading Aldous Huxley’s ‘The Doors of Perception’ when Dr Strange (in the mirror dimension) crashes into the side of the bus.

In a scene borrowed from “Thor: Ragnarok” , Thor visits mid-credits to ask for Doctor Strange’s help in finding Odin.

Once the credits are done, Karl Mordo confronts Jonathan Pangborn and strips him of his magic, teasing the character’s turn to the dark side and setting up a potential “Doctor Strange” sequel.

Rachel McAdams’ startled reaction to the mop handle falling in the broom closet was genuine. It happened by accident but Scott Derrickson decided to keep the reaction in the film.


  1. Avengers Assemble
  2. Guardians Of The Galaxy
  3. Iron Man
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  5. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  6. Captain America: The First Avenger
  7. Captain America: Civil War
  8. Iron Man 2
  9. Iron Man 3
  10. Ant-Man
  11. Doctor Strange
  12. Thor: The Dark World
  13. Thor
  14. The Incredible Hulk