Because it was a perfect match for the hero! Benedict Cumberbatch, aka Sherlock. Mads Mikkelson, aka Hannibal Lecter. Basically, it’s a Sherlock V Hannibal movie, set in the Marvel Universe. At least, that’s what I wish it was because honestly, Kaecilius (the bad guy) didn’t really get much a back story.
- He’s incredibly arrogant about his skills as a neurosurgeon (like when he gets his hands operated on and gets told that “they did their best”, he says “I could have done better”) and I really liked how they showed the despair he felt when he lost the proper use of his hands.
- Stephen Strange really doesn’t like being pitied and he’s willing to squander his entire earnings to somehow get the use of his hands back, even though he technically lost them by his own arrogance (solving a case on his way to a neurosurgery conference and decides to overtake a car while driving at high speeds on a cliff road). All these efforts result in him losing his money, other doctors ignoring him, and the only person who gave him company was driven away.
- Even though he ends up learning about mystical arts, he still considers himself a doctor and wants to uphold the Hippocratic Oath of “do no harm”. The outburst he has when he kills someone for the first time was great! I really liked how his whole Oath made him decide not to follow Mordo’s path, but to create his own where he would violate the rules of time and space, but end up not killing anyone!
- “Dormamu! I’ve come to bargain!”
- The cloak of levitation.