Every year, Marvel drops a film from their core story, then they try to introduce a character out of left field. For example, 2015 saw the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where the gang was truly all there, and then dropped the more singular Ant-Man. 2016 follows suit, with the epic Captain America: Civil War setting the stage for Doctor Strange, which is out on Nov. 4. The movie, which sees the idea of mysticism being officially introduced into Marvel's Cinematic Universe, introduces us to Stephen Strange, a highly successful doctor who, due to an unfortunate series of events, is stripped of his livelihood and thrust on the road to becoming an expert sorcerer. Sounds weird, but this is the world of comic books; ride with me.
Added to Marvel Comics in 1963 (during their "Silver Age"), Doctor Strange made his debut in the Strange Tales series, and in the following 50-plus years, he's put in work as a master of the mystic arts, achieving the title of Sorcerer Supreme while aligning himself with the Avengers and other elite groups. Interestingly, it hasn't been until recent years that Strange has made the jump to being more of a regular character (which no doubt coincides with Marvel's plans for him in their Cinematic Universe). Essentially, all magic flows through him, and he's finally found his place as a true force within the Marvel Comics world.
Even though he has a major Marvel movie on the horizon, Doctor Strange is still a mystery to some. That said, we're here with a brief explainer on Stephen Strange and his journey to become the mystical master, the Sorcerer Supreme. Weird whitewashing aside, here's everything you need to know about Doctor Strange before you geek TF out at Doctor Strange.