If you’re a Marvel comic fan, you must know Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the superhero who protects Earth from magical and mystical threats. And if you’re a Marvel Movies fan, you must be excited about the movie “Doctor Strange”, which is scheduled for release in 2016.
Doctor Strange was created by Steve Ditko, and the character first appeared in 1963 in “Strange Tales”. The money-making machine that is Marvel is now ready to bring him to the big screen, and we can assume that Doctor Strange will earn a lot of money for Marvel, especially as Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange in the movie. He is among the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe, and after the movie, he will be at the top.
But since this is his first big appearance, there are a lot of things people don’t know about Doctor Strange.
10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Marvel’s Doctor Strange
This is not his first appearance
The movie Doctor Strange is coming out in the second half of 2016, and many people believe that it is his first appearance in a movie ever, but that is not quite true. The 2016 film will be the first full-length film about Doctor Strange, but in 1978 he appeared on television. A 93-minute pilot was aired on CBS, but it didn’t go very well, and the show was later canceled. Doctor Strange also appeared in his own animated films.
His Martial Arts Teacher is his Servant
Like Alfred, who sometimes helps Batman with advice, Wong also helps Dr. Strange by giving him martial arts lessons. Wong is also a supportive character and a very powerful and faithful manservant. Wong is responsible for teaching Dr. Strange the skills of close combat.
Chandu The Magician was the inspiration behind the character
The creator of Doctor Strange, Steve Ditko, has admitted that his character is based on Chandu the Magician. Chandu the Magician was a radio program that was broadcast in the 1930s. Chandu the Magician is also known as Frank Chandler, and he learned magic from the yogis in India. His stories were popular on the radio, and that’s why we got our Doctor Strange.
He is not an Avenger
He will certainly join Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he was never an official member of the Avengers. He simply helps The Avengers when the problem is big: like in Infinity War, where the outsiders pose a great threat to Earth. To save it, the Avengers need a man who is a professional in the fight against dark forces. However, Doctor Strange is a member of the underground group “The Illuminati”, which was founded by Tony Stark.
He came 33rd on a list of “Top 50 Avengers.”
In 2012 IGN created a list of the “Top 50 Avengers” and named him 33rd. Remember that no major TV series or movies had been released yet. The ranking was based on many things; he is a popular character and will be again when the movie is released.
His first comic was sold for $61,000
In 1963, Doctor Strange appeared in Strange Tales #110, but further down the line, he became very popular with comic fans, and recently his first comic in mint condition sold for $61,000. Not only that, but his other comics also made a lot of money. The story involving Baron Mordo as the villain of Doctor Strange sold for $9,800, the original story of Doctor Strange sold for $8,000, and the first time Doctor Strange received the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto sold for $2,500.
His girlfriend Clea tried to kill him
Every superhero needs a companion, but it was not an easy path for Doctor Strange, as his friend Clea and he were once enemies before they turned into lovers. Clea is the niece of Dr. Strange’s archenemy Dormamaru, the Lord of the Dark Dimension. They began as enemies when she was pursuing Dr. Strange on behalf of his uncle, but she gradually developed feelings for him, and later they fell in love with each other.
He is popular among stoners
Potheads love Doctor Strange. Well, he’s colorful, magical, and from the 60s. He used to be very popular with stoners. Many potheads agree that they liked to read Doctor Strange’s comics while they were high. The main reason was the magic and the use of vivid colors in his comics.
He is not that powerful
He is “The Supreme Wizard” and has been called “The Most Powerful Wizard in the Marvel Universe“, but in his comics, his power fluctuated frequently. He was not consistent. He began as one of the most powerful, but in the 80s he was defeated by hand by ninjas. He is powerful but not as powerful as he was at first.
He has influenced music
His unique style and strange content have inspired many artists to cover him in their lyrics. T.Rex’s 1971 opening track “Electric Warrior” has a reference to the Marvel sorcerer. He even inspired the world-famous Pink Floyd; their album “A Saucerful of Secrets” was based on earlier editions of Strange.
So these were 10 facts you didn’t know about Doctor Strange, His movie is scheduled for release in November 2016, and let’s hope it will be a great movie. The trailer for Doctor Strange can be seen on YouTube.