Rumor Mongering: Dr. Strange Film Won't Be an Origin Story?
This is either great news or terrible news, depending on whom you ask. Badass Digest's Devin Faraci claimed in a Meet the Movie Press podcast that the upcoming Dr. Strange film will not include an origin story, but instead will begin "in medias res."
Origin stories are a beloved(?) staple of the superhero genre, with every character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (with the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy) beginning their series with a transformation narrative. There are many reasons to begin a series with an origin story, not the least of which is the fact that it just makes sense to start at the beginning. But there have been whispers of origin story fatigue in recent years, as they can become a little repetitive. Many complained that The Amazing Spider-Man should have simply skipped the origin story, for example, since everyone already knows Spider-Man's origin and especially since the recent Sam Raimi series had already given the origin story the big screen treatment. Now, Marvel may be falling out of love with origin stories altogether, as Faraci claims that Dr. Strange will not have an origin story as part of Marvel's "new thing" of getting straight to the action:
"So, for Dr. Strange they've had a script in-house forever... It is a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange. It's got Baron Mordo as the bad guy. That's all gone. Marvel's new thing is no more origin stories. So, Dr. Strange movie no longer has an origin. It begins in medias res. It has Dr. Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme. It is a totally new script. Jon Spaihts is working totally new, On his own, without any of the previous stuff. Not even touching the previous script.
"This is not going to be twenty minutes of him being a doctor," said Faraci.
In the Marvel universe, Dr. Stephen Strange was a brilliant, morally bankrupt surgeon who sought the help of the Earth's Sorcerer Supreme when he lost the use of his hands. The Sorcerer Supreme refused to help him because he was too selfish, even spending time with him in an attempt to find goodness in him, and failing. But then, Stephen proves his worthiness by saving the Sorcerer from being killed by an evil disciple, Baron Mordo. In reaction to Faraci's revelation, many have speculated that Marvel has decided that Dr. Strange's origin story is not necessary because it doesn't make him seem likable. One could argue that the origin stories of heroes like Captain America and Spider-Man is necessary, because they humanize the nearly invulnerable heroes and render them more relatable. In the words of Dan Seitz of Gamma Squad, "Marvel is skipping [Strange's origin story], possibly because of that whole thing where his origin makes him sound like an even bigger dickhead than he actually is."
The film will obviously have to introduce the character somehow, but Faraci is claiming that the film's plot as a whole will not focus on his origins. If the rumors are true, then the script will likely spend five minutes introducing the character in a flashback, much like Star Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.
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