Marvel Studios has transformed Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange into a worldwide icon, thanks director Scott Derickson's work on the Doctor Strange solo movie, as well as the Russo Bros.' work on Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Like so many other Marvel characters that have made the leap from comic book page to screen, the look of Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange has become the look of the character in the minds of millions of fans; however, like every other major character in the MCU, that look took many revisions to get right. Now, thatnks to some new Marvel Studios concept art, fans can see just how different Doctor Strange could've looked:
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"Unused Dr. Strange design from Dr. Strange. #drstrange" --Ryan Meinerding
The concept art comes from Ryan Meinerding, the Marvel Studios Head of Visual Development. As you can see, his take on Stephen Strange's transformation into Doctor Strange had a much different flavor to it. The color scheme of blue and gold isn't the traditional one that most fans imagine when they think of Doctor Strange, and the film was ultimately more accurate with the final design, in that respect.
The other clear difference is that Meinerding's version of Strange's costume emphasizes the far east cultural influences that we saw in the film. The Ancient One's temple in Kamar-Taj is located in the Himalayas in the comics; and the film definitely kept that Asiatic culture aesthetic for the sequences of Strange studying the mystic arts. It would make sense, then, that the robes Strange wore in his superhero persona would carry that same cultural aesthetic.
As you can see from the comments on the picture, fans love this alternate take on Doctor Strange's costume. The great part about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that even though we didn't get this version of Doctor Strange's costume in the first film, there's plenty of room for it to debut in the next one, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel has to move new merchandise with each new film, which is why there's almost always some kind of major character costume change, with every new film.
What do you think of this particular look for Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange? Let us know in the comments!
Marvel's updated release schedule sees Black Widow arriving in theaters on November 6th. It is followed Eternals on February 12, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on May 5 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on November 5, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 18, 2022, Black Panther II on May 6, 2022, and Captain Marvel 2 on July 8, 2022. Disney+ also has The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If...? Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight on the way.