Doctor Strange will come to movie theaters in November, but fans have already gotten their first taste of the world of the Sorcerer Supreme through a Doctor Strange prequel comic book released in July. The Doctor Strange prequel comic dropped some names that caught the eye of several Marvel fans.
Two Masters of the Mystic Arts named in the comic are Daniel Drumm and Tina Minoru. In the Marvel Comics universe, Daniel Drumm is the brother of Jericho Drumm, a.k.a. Brother Voodoo, another Sorcerer Supreme. Tina Minoru is the mother of Nico Minoru, a.k.a. Sister Grimm, leader of the Runaways.
Are these seeds being planted in Doctor Strange for future cultivation by Marvel Studios? According to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, Minoru is never mentioned in Doctor Strange, but Drumm is.
“Drumm, you do hear the name in the movie,” Feige said during an on-set interview. “That's how we always build the universe. There are so many characters in the books, that if we have the need for a person to be in this place at this time and have a line, or have no lines, we still want it to be someone. Often times, that's how the names come about. The names that we pull usually are the ones that are relatively top of mind or have been amongst characters that we've thought about, like the Runaways for a long time. I would call that an Easter egg that most people won't even see.”
Minoru may not show up in Doctor Strange, but that is one plot thread that we know is going somewhere. Hulu recently announced that it is producing a Runaways television series, and it seems like that series already has one connection to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As for Drumm, it is Daniel’s death in the comics that inspires Jericho to study the arcane arts and become Brother Voodoo, later graduating to Doctor Voodoo as Sorcerer Supreme after the position was abdicated by Doctor Strange.Could we see Daniel's death in Doctor Strange?
Whether Marvel Studios has any immediate plans for Brother Voodoo is unclear. Voodoo wouldn’t be out of place in the new darker, more mystical Agents of SHIELD, alongside Ghost Rider. That’s certainly something we’d like to see.
From Marvel comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.
Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson, from a screenplay he wrote with C. Robert Cargill. Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
Doctor Strange opens in theaters in North America on Nov. 4, 2016.