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There's a huge slate of Marvel movies coming up, but one of the first at bat will be Doctor Strange. Not a lot of people have a good idea of what the comic was even about -- this might be one of the few cases where the actor playing the comic book hero is more well-known than the hero himself. Even given the character's relative obscurity, there's a lot to look forward to, given what we know. Starting with...

 

5. It won't be an origin story

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For the last 15 years, pretty much every first superhero film has followed the same formula: Spend the first two acts of the movie focusing on how the hero was the victim of a terrible accident or a tragedy, the hero thrives and struggles with his identity and then we rush through the last 1/3 of the movie to an unsatisfying climax with a forgettable villain. We've seen it with Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Punisher, Iron Man, Captain America, Superman (twice), Batman Begins, and Hulk (and probably Steel but nobody feels like checking). The formula works to varying degrees in all of these, but after so many movies the structure has grown tired.

Marvel figured this out a while ago, and that's why they've decided to stop doing origin movies completely. We won't have to watch a pre-mystical Stephen Strange as an arrogant neurosurgeon or the car crash that destroys his hands and renders him unable to perform medical procedures. Best of all, we're going to skip his inevitable transformation from selfish dickweed to benevolent protector of the world -- when the movie starts, Doctor Strange is already Sorcerer Supreme. You can bet Skywalker Ranch that you're gonna see some serious magical shit in the first ten minutes.

Which brings us to the next reason...

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