Trailer released for "Doctor Strange"

As part of the ongoing "phase three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, actor Benedict Cumberbatch had been tapped to play the one and only Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange. While not necessarily a major character in the MCU in terms of overall popularity, there is a continuing trend in the MCU to give less popular characters their own standalone films (as was the case for Paul Rudd's "Ant-Man," and the upcoming "Black Panther" film starring Chadwick Boseman as the title character).

In terms of the trailer itself, the two minute and two second snippet starts off with a rather ominous air (the sort one might expect of the character).

There are a few moments that depict Strange in the emergency room following his accident, and a wide shot reveals his arms propped up and immobile. As the universe that his character inhabits involves dark magic, mysticism, and other concepts like alternate dimensions, the trailer almost feels like something one might expect out of the Wachowski's "Matrix" or Christopher Nolan's "Inception."

While the trailer very skillfully manages to show us and reveal nothing at the same time, there is at least a sense of what the film may ultimately become. In the trailer's climax, however, viewers do catch a glimpse of Cumberbatch from behind in full Strange garb (complete with flowing cape), so there's that.

How "dark" will the Doctor get?

Another thing worth considering is just how dark Marvel will ultimately decide to go with this undertaking. While it's true that this character quite literally deals in dark magic and the dark arts, there is a good chance the higher-ups will opt to go for the more audience-friendly appeal of "The Avengers" films rather than either of Marvel's offerings of "Daredevil" or "Jessica Jones" via Netflix.

Either way, this is sure to wet the appetite of viewers, and at least gives us all a first look at the film.

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" opens in theaters on November 4th, 2016, and co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Tilda Swinton.

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