"Strange is incredibly arrogant, brilliant, sort of extraordinary," says Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars as the surgeon-turned-wizard
in the upcoming action epic. "His need to control fate, to control destiny and, in particular, death, has brought him to the height of his profession as a neurosurgeon."
Everything changes for Dr. Stephen Strange when his hands are ruined in a devastating car accident. After exhausting all medical possibilities for mending his damaged hands, he flies to Nepal looking for a more exotic option -- which he finds in the form of The Ancient One, a mystical mentor.
"[She] is a sorcerer supreme," Tilda Swinton says of her enlightened master of magic. Under her tutelage, Strange learns of multiple universes and supernatural powers and becomes a target for those who want to abuse magic for evil purposes.
Mads Mikkleson plays the sinister Kaecilius, who becomes "seduced by what they find on the other side" of reality and is "interested in spilling the barriers between dimensions," says executive producer and Marvel president Kevin Feige.
It seems that the battle between Strange and the evil sorcerers is where the epic, Inception-inspired cityscape-folding-in-on-itself shots come into play, in a cinematic style never before seen in the MCU.
"There's a lot of real-world live action in this film, there's a lot of drama, a lot of comedy, but there's also the most extraordinary, fantastical adventure," Cumberbatch explained. "I think it's going to be a great cinematic ride."