Are you ready to have your mind blown? If so, then you will be excited to hear Marvel’s Doctor Strange has officially been described as “mind-blowingly good.” The compliment comes courtesy of Adam Frank, an astrophysicist at the University of Rochester. Frankly, if there was ever a person qualified to call something mind-blowing, it would have to be this science consultant.
In a series of tweets, Frank praised the film after being taken to a private screening of Doctor Strange. Describing the ordeal as the “best day ever,” the scientist told followers a car picked him up for a private screening of the film before gushing, “OMG. It’s sooooooo mind-blowingly good. Really. Dang. Wow.”
In a later tweet, Frank then said he’d been busy with “hours of interviews about being [a] science consultant” on Doctor Strange. The scientist admitted he got “to talk about mind-body problem/reductionism” to the press. So, if you are confused by what Frank is talking about there, you are most certainly not the only one. We’ll leave reductionism and such up to trained professionals who are qualified to speak about the topic.
Of course, this early praise won’t be the first released about Doctor Strange. The film is set to hit theaters early next month, so reviews and ratings will trickle in sooner rather than later. Several sneak-peek reviews for Doctor Strange have already been published after Marvel Studios released an IMAX preview of the film. ComicBook.com’s Lucas Siegel was lucky enough to attend the special showing and deemed Doctor Strange as “mind-bendingly awesome.”
“During a fifteen minute 3D IMAX preview presented around the country Monday night, minds were expanded as the first real, in-depth look at magic in the Marvel Universe was presented on screen,” Siegel explained. “Sure, we've seen Scarlet Witch's chaos magic, and there've been some little tricks and spells from certain Asgardians, but most assuredly you've never seen anything like this, in the Marvel Universe or in movies at all.”
“The overall feeling of this movie, based on the footage we saw last night, is brand-new. The magic was brand-new, the action was brand-new, the tone of spirituality and mysticism was brand-new. And that's all just a tiny fifteen minute sample of a nearly two hour movie.”
Currently, Doctor Strange is said to wrap at around 114 minutes, making it one of the shortest films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will certainly be interesting to see how the film manages to cram its depictions of mystical arts and magic into a shorter origin story, but director Scott Derrickson is confident Doctor Strange will usher in a new era to the MCU.
The director told ComicBook.com he thinks his film will “be the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. It's really serving the same function that the comic did. Even though it was a weird aberration as a comic book, I think it was a real linchpin in the comics. It ended up being decades of new stories and I think this movie will do the same thing.”
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016.