The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Stephen Strange, a brilliant surgeon turned sorcerer supreme. The character arc is awkwardly derivative of Iron Man and there is a general feeling of over familiarity that it struggles to shake for much of its running time, but the action sequences are a refreshing change from the usual blurry bluster of the MCU’s fight scenes – especially a deliriously imaginative climactic battle. Rachel McAdams and Mads Mikkelsen are both underused, but like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man Cumberbatch is the perfect fit, his stoic centrepiece making Doctor Strange a welcome entry in the continually growing Marvel world.


3 Stars

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