The Marvel universe is filled with all sorts of distinctive characters, but few can match the sheer mysterious charm exuded by Doctor Strange. Make its debut in 1963, the titular comic strip predicted many of the future counter-cultural trends that defined the 60s, including psychedelia and a fascination with Eastern mysticism. The following infographic created by Costume Collection seeks to shed some light on this much-beloved cult hero, in anticipation of the upcoming motion picture, which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role. The choice of the English actor is a particularly inspired one, as few people possess the gravitas to properly embody Doctor Strange, a man known as much for his brilliance as for his arrogance.
Like most Marvel characters, Doctor Strange didn’t start off being a superhero. Instead, he worked as highly-regarded neurosurgeon whose career was effectively over after ruining his hands in a car accident. Traveling the world in search of a cure, he encounters the Ancient One, a wise sage who mentors him in the mystic arts and helps make his life meaningful again. By learning powerful spells and gaining mystical objects like the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto, Doctor Strange becomes a formidable sorcerer who takes up residence in the Sanctum Sanctorum building in New York City. From that point on, Doctor Strange becomes a valuable ally in the fight for good. He provides much-needed aid to fellow superheroes like Spider-Man and the Avengers in addition to battling his own foes, including Baron Mordo, Nightmare and Dormammu. Close associates of Doctor Strange include Clea, his lover and disciple, Wong, his trusty manservant, and the apprentice sorcerer Rintrah.
With its focus on otherworldly forces and distinctive psychedelic art, Doctor Strange was never one of Marvel’s best selling comics. But its unique atmosphere and rich characters have attracted a dedicated following throughout the years, one that is sure to rejoice in seeing the widescreen adaptation of the comic book as soon as it premieres in US theaters on the 4th of November.