Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Master of Mystic Arts But Were Afraid to Ask.
Benedict Cumberbatch looks cool as Doctor Strange, but who the hell is Doctor Strange and why should you care? Strap yourselves in for the finest primer on Doctor Strange ever to grace the internet. While we can’t condone you dropping acid, it certainly wouldn’t be inappropriate. (Don’t worry, it’ll make sense in a minute.)
WHO IS DOCTOR STRANGE?
Introduced in Strange Tales #110, Doctor Stephen Strange was a brilliant but egotistical surgeon who lost the use of his hands in a fateful car crash. He spent his riches on experimental medicine to fix his hands, but to no avail. Learning about a mystic in the Himalayas who could heal all, Doctor Strange traveled to Kamar-Taj, Tibet, where he studied the mystic arts under The Ancient One. Although he could never perform surgery again, he now protects the world from supernatural threats.
Since then, he’s earned the title of Sorcerer Supreme from the Ancient One. He has saved reality as we know it countless times and gives counsel to the rest of the Marvel universe, lending his aid when s*** hits the fan.
WHAT ARE HIS POWERS?
Ok, Fine. He can summon the powers of barely pronounceable demi-gods like Cyttorak, Hoggoth, and Vishanti, which lets him do nearly anything. He generally has to rhyme to make their work, which seems like a pain in the ass, but presumably prepares him for epic rap battles.
While he doesn’t have a top hat or trick mirrors, he has a number of other magical relics, including his red Cloak of Levitation, which allows him to fly. He wears the Eye of Agamotto, an amulet with an array of magical abilities, chiefly disillusionment. He’s also the guard of the Book of the Vishanti, which houses all of his most potent spells.
Doctor Strange can also project his consciousness into an astral form, allowing him to travel other dimensions at a whim. See what we meant about dropping acid?