Doctor Strange

Directed by Scott Derrickson Publishing House: Marvel Released: 11.04.16 Review by | October 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM

After a horrific car accident, brilliant (and boy, does he know it) neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) loses the use of his hands—and after Western medicine can’t help him mend his career-destroying injuries, he heads East, and learns the world actually doesn’t revolve around him. In fact, the Earth is just a small speck in one of infinite universes, full of knowledge and powers beyond even his comprehension. The group he meets in Kathmandu protect the planet against evil forces from other dimensions—and some from within.

Doctor Strange is your standard mega-blockbuster superhero setup: good vs. evil, selfish characters turning (semi) selfless for the greater good, and lots of explosive fight scene fun. So don’t get me wrong: it was a thoroughly enjoyable two hours. It’s a good solid Marvel production—which you can never really go wrong with for a night out (or in). But I can’t deny it’s highly problematic. So Marvel, if you’re reading this, please see the following and use your huge amounts of influence and power for the greater good, just like in your films:

The Good:

The Not-so-good:

In the end: Like I said, it’s an enjoyable watch. But it’s also really tiring to see your favorite imprints miss the mark in things they really, really should be nailing in 2016. Marvel, you’re one of the world players in entertainment, so please set the example for the rest of the industry; be the heroes your films portray.